Monday, March 24, 2008

A joyful Easter Monday to you!

In Ireland of long ago (at least as far back as the early 19th-century) Easter Monday was a day of fun and festivity along with an additional day to attend Mass in celebration of Easter. Unfortunately, many of the special traditions carried out on Easter Monday are no longer followed.

Bridget Haggerty's article entitled Easter Monday Mirth & Merriment at the Market on the Irish Culture and Customs website gives a nice explanation of the ways in which the Irish used to spend this special day.

Here's hoping that your Easter Monday will be special, no matter how you spend it. If you do nothing else, the least you can do is try your hand at an Irish jig in celebration of the Easter season!

Image of the 1904 postcard from the collection of Scott Williams of St. Louis Time Portal.

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