Irish dating traditions
The removal of decorations in January were also often to be punctuated by a visit from a Mary.
THE LADEN TABLE The centre-piece of the Christmas holiday in Ireland is the Christmas Dinner.
In ancient times an actual wren bird would be killed and placed on top of the pole.
It is possible that the very Irish tradition of visiting houses of friends and relatives on St. THE CANDLE IN THE WINDOW A tradition that was very widespread in the 1970's but which seems to be dying out somewhat and especially in urban areas is the 'candle in the window'.
During the Penal Times in Ireland Catholic priests were forbidden to perform Mass so the candle acted as a covert signal that the occupier was a Catholic believer and that mass could be held on the premises.