Púca will play on the origins of Halloween with "a spectacular festival of music and light complemented by rich harvest-inspired food experiences."
Yes, we know Halloween is still a few months away but is it too early to start celebrating? Well, everybody loves going trick or treating, binge-watching horror movies through the night and spending quality time with family and friends, but did you know why we are celebrating Halloween? Or, in fact, the birthplace of Halloween? Well, you might able to find your answers as you can now go to the festival, which celebrates Ireland as the birthplace of Halloween. As reported by Lonely Planet.
If you are not sure where to head this Halloween season, the Puca festival in Ireland is the place to be. It will be taking place in Ireland’s Ancient East from October 31 to November 2 this year and you might want to book your tickets soon because people from around the world are going to be visiting the place.
“The development of tourism festivals is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategy to attract domestic and international visitors to areas outside traditional tourism hotspots and peak times," explained its Head of Product Development, Orla Carroll. As reported by Independent.ie.
Púca will play on the Irish origins of Halloween with "a spectacular festival of music and light complemented by rich harvest-inspired food experiences", Fáilte Ireland says. The festival is funded by Fáilte Ireland, Meath County Council and Louth County Council. It will be delivered by the arts-led creative production company called Curated Place.
So what else can you expect from the festival? Púca events will be focusing around the counties of Meath and Louth and according to the organizers, it will celebrate a time when “light turns to dark, the veil between realities draws thin, rules can be broken and the spirits move between worlds.”
Púca is the name of our exciting new #festival that aims to position #Ireland internationally as the home of #Halloween and will take place this year in #IrelandsAncientEast, developed in partnership with @meathcoco and @louthcoco ➡️https://t.co/be41P1FtLk pic.twitter.com/YaHkWfcPHa— Fáilte Ireland (@Failte_Ireland) June 3, 2019
Now if you are wondering what Puca means, it is is a character from Celtic folklore often associated with Samhain. The word Samhain in the old tradition meant the end of the Celtic Year.
According to Failte Ireland, "Samhain was believed to be a time of transition when the spirits of all those who had passed away since the previous Oíche Shamhna (31st October) moved onto the next life. Samhain was the last great gathering before winter, a time of feasting, remembering what had passed and preparing for what was to come."
The Puca festival is not the only one that celebrates Halloween in the traditional way. There are other festivals like the Spirits of Meath Festival, Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin, and the hugely popular Derry Halloween that you can check out this October.
If you want to know more about the Puca festival, you can find out about the programme details which will be announced soon on Fáilte Ireland’s website here.
A new festival called #Púca that will celebrate Ireland as the birthplace of #Halloween will have a programme of events centred around counties Meath and Louth. Púca is a character from Celtic folklore often associated with #Samhain, which means ‘summer’s end’ in old Irish. pic.twitter.com/W8ox0dDAhv— Neil Steedman (@neil_steedman) June 8, 2019
Meanwhile, in related news, the remains of a 3,000-year-old baby were dug out by archaeologists at a site in County Meath, the same place believed to be the birthplace of Halloween. The age of the baby is said to be between seven and 10 months old which was excavated at the base of a 1.5-meter ditch at Tlachtga, Athboy.
However, archaeologists believe that the child was not the victim of any type of human sacrifice ritual at the site. “We may never know what caused the death of the child. The skeleton probably dates back 3,000 years and was found in the bedrock at the base of a 1.5m ditch,” Dr Stephen Davis, lead archaeologist on the site, told the Irish Examiner.