Christmas in Irland - Escola Eugénio de Castro

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign
state in the western Europe, occupying about five-sixths of
the island of Ireland. The capital and the largest city
is Dublin, whose metropolitan area has around a quarter of
the country's 4.6 million inhabitants. The state shares its only
land border with Northern Ireland (a member of the United
Kingdom) and it has been an independent Republic since
Christmas in Ireland is the largest celebration of the year,
although 8th December is traditionally seen as the start of
Christmas with many people putting up their decorations
and Christmas trees, along with doing their Christmas
shopping. Irish Christmas traditions are similar to those in
most western countries.
The greeting for "Happy Christmas" in Irish is Nollaig Shona
Dui or Nollaig Shona Daoibh , 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". The British English expression
"Happy Christmas" is more common in Ireland than its
American English equivalent of "Merry Christmas."
The traditional Christmas dinner consists of turkey or
goose and ham with a selection of vegetables and roast
potatoes. They also have a round cake full of caraway
seeds. Desserts are very rich with a selection
of Christmas pudding (sometimes served with brandy,
being set alight and poured over it), Christmas
cake, yule log and mince pies with equally rich sauces
such as brandy butter.
On Christmas Eve, fish is traditionally eaten as a form of
“fasting” before Christmas.
Christmas candle
and mistletoe
Christmas tree
Work done by:
 Afonso David, nº1
 Daniel Batista, nº7
 Diana Carvalho, nº 8

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