(Banting, 2002, p. 14) All Souls’ Day and its Eve, although at first being an exclusively pagan holiday when all evil spirits roamed the world and thus needed to be scared off by terrible costumes transformed into a holiday that is today loved by children in many countries including the US, where this holiday has gained specific popularity with the mass immigration of Irish population in the nineteenth century. Curiously, in Ireland, there are several other holidays that bear the names of months and have a pre-Christian history, namely Bealtaine and Lunasa. Although these holidays and not as well-known as Samhain, they are still celebrated in Ireland.Another Irish holiday that is commonly famous in other countries is Saint Patrick’s day. It is celebrated on March 17 in memory of the patron of Ireland, whom the legend says has brought Christianity to the island. Moreover, a three-leaved clover is associated with this holiday and Saint Patrick. As the legend goes, Saint Patrick was believed to demonstrate the concept of the Trinity to people by showing them a three-leaved clover, each leaf of which represented one of the identities of God. From that time, clover is often viewed as a symbol of Ireland altogether, as well as green color often is associated with Ireland and Saint Patrick by the global culture. The History Of Ireland: Extinction Of National Cultures.
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