"Left The Chairs For Them To Sit.."

EXHIBITION : HALLOWEEN

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Annie O'Hagan and Paddy McAleer from Tyrone elaborate on the traditional belief that dead relatives visit at Halloween and the preparations made in homes to welcome them.

  • Title
    Halloween Customs
  • 1st Broadcast
    30/10/1983
  • Contributor
    Séamas Ó Catháin (Presenter)
    Harry Bradshaw (Producer)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:57
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Folkland
  • Clip title
    "Left The Chairs For Them To Sit.."
  • Extended description

    Night of the Tricks, Snap Apple Night, Night of the Mischief, this piece elaborates on the feasting and prayerful remembrance of the dead. The ancient festival of Samain and the belief that souls were released from the dead on Halloween and All Souls Day.

    The returning of the dead at Halloween is still remembered. Annie O'Hagan and Paddy McAleer explain the traditional belief that dead relatives visit at Halloween and the preparations made in homes to welcome them.

  • Information

    Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening) is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain.

  • Local keywords
    Halloween, Customs, Annie O'Hagan, Paddy McAleer, Traditions, Festivals
  • Geographical coverage
    Tyrone, Ireland
  • Topic
    National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1983
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA12825
  • IPR restrictions
    RTÉ
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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