Irish Easter Traditions

Posted by Niamh Allabyrne on the 16th of April 2014 at 12:32:50

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After Christmas, Easter is my most favourite time of year – summer is around the corner and everything looks so bright and shiny as the last vestiges of winter fades away. It has emerged from the religious world to the secular, with most people observing it on some level – whether they see it as a primarily a religious holiday or maybe just a nice juncture in the year to gather friends and family together – perhaps for the first time since the Christmas Holidays.
For me growing up, it was most certainly a time for family and of course receiving lots of delicious eggs. Our Easter Bunny kindly put our eggs on the kitchen table – which meant there was no time lost looking for the eggs and more time eating them! In return our Easter Bunny was given a carrot and good glass of whiskey – my Dad always said he needed that to keep him warm – even if Easter was shaping to be like the one we are expecting this weekend – somewhere around the late teens – which for Ireland is most certainly BBQ weather!
Traditionally Easter has always being an important part of the Irish religious calendar and with that came traditions associated with this time of year. After chatting with colleagues and casting my own mind back, I have complied a list of some of the traditions that Ireland once held so dear. Do you know of these?
Before Easter

Irish Cottage

Good Friday

Holy Well -Ireland

Easter Saturday


Easter Sunday

Easter Eggs

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