Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fact of the Day: Irish Halloween

Due to its Celtic origins, Halloween became a major American holiday after Irish immigrants came to the United States when the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840's caused them to leave their homeland. 

22 comments:

Huggybear said...

Potato Famine in the 1840's! Really - add on the oppression of the
English land owners. One side of my family departed in those years.
Thankfully for them a very good move - in Australia being free they made
great success in many spheres.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Caramella said...

My uncle lives in Ireland, it's a beautiful country!

Mary Kirkland said...

Interesting. I don't do much for Halloween anymore since I don't have small kids.

DEZMOND said...

I think they celebrate All Saints Day like the rest of Europe... the Catholic part of course

Kaynath S // bLACKROSEKAY said...

oh really? I did not know that - how interesting!

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Emmylou said...

Yay to the Irish:D We're big Halloween fans over here! Hope you have a good one, Adam:) Are you going as Jon Snow?

Adam said...

No I might go as him next year if he returns from the dead. Which he will, because he is Jon Targaryen, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.

bj said...

Of all the places I'd like to visit, Ireland is my first choice.
Have a fun, safe Halloween....

Pat Hatt said...

So the grumpy cat in the pic has the Irish to blame haha

Martha said...

That is quite interesting!

Margaret D said...

This I knew :). A few sides of my family came to Australia about that time as free settlers..

stephen Hayes said...

I love Halloween but it is becoming much too commercial.

Christine said...

Interesting.

Moscow Blogger said...

wow wow lovely cat!!!

Fundy Blue said...

Happy Halloween to you and Daisy, Adam! I don't do much for Halloween now that I'm no longer teaching. I truly miss all the sugared fun. I had third graders, and most years a few kids I had had in previous years who were now in middle or high school would come back for our parties. I did't mind that they were older. And I didn't mind giving out treats to some older spooks when I lived in a neighborhood where kids still trick-or-treated. I say lighten up and enjoy seeing people of all ages having fun!

I'll eat Halloween treats anytime, anywhere! I don't think a year went by that I didn't break into a bag of treats and eat some! LOL

I wish FDR had lived to pass that second Bill of Rights. America would be a much kinder, gentler place if he had succeeded!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Happy Halloween!!!

Sakuranko said...

My best wishes for you in this Halloween!
I know this fact! Because I love it this date
xx

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Bob Bushell said...

Yep, he has been a happy halloween.

Dascha said...

That is an interesting fact. Happy Halloween!

xoxo
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Breathtaking said...

Hello Adam!:) I knew this, hurray!!:))

Valentina Chirico said...

I didn't know that!!! So thanks Irish people, you're awesome! ;-)

Linda said...

Beautiful cat!