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Holidays & Observances in Ireland

Ireland is a northern European country that shares the island of Ireland with Northern Ireland. It has a rich cultural background beginning with the Celts in about 600 B.C.E. Many other cultures have occupied Ireland since including the Gaels, the Vikings, and most recently, the English. Modern Irish culture is a mixture of English and Celtic cultures. Most people speak English and practice Roman Catholicism, though the Irish language is still spoken by some and Celtic beliefs are present in much of the everyday Irish life. Many of the holiday traditions practiced in the western world stem from Irish Celtic traditions. On such tradition is the celebration of Halloween, which is a combination of an ancient Celtic celebration and the Christian All Souls Day. The most famous Irish holiday is St. Patrick’s Day, which celebrates the patron saint of Ireland. It is now observed all over the world to honor Irish culture, but the celebration is most exciting in Ireland, where it lasts for four days and includes parades and fireworks.

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Country Observances

Common Observance Country Holiday Observance Type Holiday Date
Christmas Christmas Eve Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Christmas Christmas National, Federal, Bank, Public
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Epiphany - Three Kings Day Epiphany Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Ash Wednesday / Carnival Ash Wednesday/Carnival Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day National, Federal, Bank, Public
Daylight Saving Time DST starts Time Related
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Good Friday Good Friday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Easter Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Easter Monday Easter Monday Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Assumption Day Assumption of Mary Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs
Daylight Saving Time DST ends Time Related
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed Holidays
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Spiritual, Religious, Beliefs