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    Other Holidays and Observances

    February 1 & 2 - Imbolc, the Celtic festival marking the period of lactation of the ewes.

    Independence Day - April 18th. The day Ireland gained Independence from Britain.

    Birthdays - In Ireland the birthday child is lifted upside down and "bumped" on the floor for good luck. The number of bumps given is the age of the child plus one for extra good luck.

    November 3 - The medieval Irish Prophet St. Malachy, the "Irish Nostradamus," is commemorated today. In Celtic tradition, this is the day for starting new enterprises and the day cattle are taken from the hills to the lowlands for wintertime. In Celtic tradition, this is the day for starting new enterprises and the day the cattle are taken from the hills to the lowlands for wintertime.

    November 11 - The evil Celtic Sidhe fairies are appeased and honored on this day in a festival known as the Lunantshees.

    Other public holidays include New Year's Day, June Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday, October Bank Holiday.

    Cromm Dub Sunday is held to honor the famous pagan idol that was destroyed on the first Sunday in August. This day is also referred to as Garland Sunday because on this day flowers were offered to Cromm Dub on Mount Callan in County Clare.

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