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Carrying On Irish And Scottish Traditions

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The primary cultural group from which is my ancestral heritage is Irish-Scottish. These two nationalities are similar, yet different. Ireland is an island off the west coast of Europe. Scotland is the land at the uppermost part of the United Kingdom. They both have a similar language which is unique, called Gaelic. The religion is divided between Protestant and Catholic. They celebrate many of the same holidays, and have many mutual traditions, cultures and values. I combine them as one-and-the-same in my family.
Irish traditions may be more well-known than Scottish, but here are a few of both. Some current American traditions can be traced back to old Irish traditions, of which are still currently practiced in Ireland: “Girl’s Night Out”, “Fat Tuesday”, “Halloween”, spring cleaning, and even “tying the knot”. Girl’s night out occurs in Ireland each year on the eve of January 6th and is called “Little Women’s Christmas”. This is considered the one day off by women in Ireland, from cooking, cleaning, and any household chore. Fat Tuesday, known as Shrove Tuesday in Ireland, occurs on February 24th. On the eve of Lent, pancakes are made thick and sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar, then rolled and eaten as a sweet. Many pancakes are eaten, because of the fasting time period of Lent. Also, unmarried daughters were tested on their pancake making skills, and how well the first pancake made was an indication of her romantic chances for the upcoming year. Most people are aware that Halloween is associated with ‘All Hallows Eve’ evolving from the Catholic Church. But, prior to the Catholic Church acknowledging this holiday, Celtic tradition celebrated the eve by trying to scare away evil spirits through
unwelcome dark homes, and making themselves very unappealing to the evil spirits. Spring cleaning was done by cleaning the home thoroughly on Good Friday in preparation for a priest to come bless the home prior to Easter. Tying the knot is called “Handfasting” in both Ireland and Scotland. When the bride and groom first come together at the beginning of the marriage, their wrists are tied together with a ribbon. Scottish tradition of celebrating mothers has produced Mother’s Day and was called Mothering Day. It was on the 4th Sunday of Lent in which children that were sent away for extended periods of time to work for the family were then returned home to visit their mothers for a short time. The remains of St. Valentine are believed to be in a church in Glasgow, which has turned the city into being known as the ‘City of Love’. St. Valentine was martyred for not giving up his Christian faith, and wrote a final letter to a jailer’s daughter signing it ‘Your Valentine’. Thus, little valentine notes were handmade and left unsigned in order for the receiver to guess who sent it. The holiday is believed to have originated in Roman times, but because of the burial of St. Valentine in Glasgow, the city is credited with much amore. Auld Lang Syne, sung...

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