Christmas in Ireland
Christmas in Ireland is the largest celebration of the year and lasts from 20 December to 6 January although 8 December is traditionally viewed as the start of Christmas with many putting up their decorations and Christmas trees, along with doing their Christmas shopping.
The greeting for “Happy Christmas” in Irish is Nollaig Shona Duit or Nollaig Shona Daoibh (plural), the literal translation of this is “Happy Christmas to you”. If “Nollaig, Shona, Duit/Daoibh” was literally translated, word for word, into English, it would be “Christmas, happy, to you”.
Ireland is a predominantly Catholic island with small communions of other Christian denominations. As such, Christmas plays an extremely important role in both religious and secular aspects of Irish life. There are huge attendances at religious services for Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, with Midnight Mass a popular choice for Roman Catholics. It is also a time for remembering the dead…
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