The Evolution of Halloween

Tuesday 27th October, 5pm EST

Did you know that Ireland has celebrated Halloween for over 1,000 years? Do you know why we carve pumpkins or wear masks? Do you know to be careful not to be drawn into the Otherworld on Halloween Night? The Irish Embassy in Ottawa is facilitating access to this virtual event tracing the story of Halloween back and forth across the Atlantic from ancient Celtic traditions to modern celebrations. The evening will also feature a special rendition of a Halloween story from Irish legend!

This event was live-streamed on their YouTube channel and can be seen here YouTube channel 

Speakers include:

·     Julie Le Blanc, Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa

·     Kelly Fitzgerald, Head of Irish Folklore and Ethnography at the School of Irish, Celtic Studies at University College Dublin

·     Chantal Kobel, Bergen Fellow at the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

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