Irish Club Event | THE FIRE AND THE MUSIC

Come join the Irish Club festivities in celebration of the Halloween season October 27!  The Baton Rouge Irish Club will host an evening of devilish merriment, literary presentations, Celtic music, bagpipes, refreshments and a silent auction. The event will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1442 City Park Avenue. The event will include light refreshments, a variety of drinks, story-telling around the fire, poetry recitations and Celtic music by the band Kitchen Session plus a silent auction. Cost per person Is $10 at the door. For additional information visit the Baton Rouge Irish Club on Facebook. (Costumes or kilts are encouraged but not required.)

Since the time of the Druids, many customs and traditions have evolved in celebration of Samhain, which is the New Year’s Day in the Celtic Calendar. When Christianity came to Ireland, the church took a dim view of Druidic festivals and created the vigil of All Soul’s Evening (or All Hallow’s Eve) on  October 31, the Feast of All Saints on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. These  three days were regarded as one of the most important times of the year and were celebrated throughout Ireland with feasting, merrymaking and divination games on Halloween and rituals out of respect and remembrance for departed relatives on All Souls Day. The ancients believed that on this night, hobgoblins, evil spirits and fairies traveled about the country in great numbers. For protection against fairy mischief many precautions were observed; such as -holy water sprinkled on animals, oatmeal and salt put on the heads of children and wooden crosses woven with shafts of wheat hung over the doors on the inside of the house. Two old traditions that still survive, especially in Dublin, are the lighting of bonfires and children dressing in costume and going from house to house shouting in unison “Help the Hallowe’en Party! Any Apples or nuts?” The lore of supernatural beings in Ireland is unlike that of the rest of Europe in one very important way: spirit powers in Ireland all have names and personalities! Of all the unearthly beings associated with Ireland, the two most famous are the Leprechaun and the Banshee. Leprechauns (or wee bodies) were identified with very antisocial personality traits, including irascibility, cunning, double talk and a liking for their own company. Come join the Irish Club festivities in celebration of the Halloween season.

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