In the absence of the three-day music festival this year, Púca Festival will recreate the ancient tradition of lighting the first fires of the Celtic new year on the Hill of Ward in Co. Meath with a pre-recorded torch-lit procession that will be streamed from 8pm on the Púca Facebook channel on October 31st.

At the Hill of Ward, the five ancient provinces of Ireland will be represented and symbolically reunited in flame. Viewers will see a contemporary reimagining of the Samhain Fires, designed by the Street Theatre Company ‘Luxe’, with accompanying new music by Matthew Nolan, Stephen Shannon and Sive.  ‘Our Darkest Night’ is a wonderful new poem written and performed especially for Halloween 2020 by Stephen James Smith. The ceremony will come to a spectacular climax with the iconic lighting of the Samhain fires, bringing to close an ethereal night of authentic Halloween magic for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their homes this Halloween night.

Fáilte Ireland also called on people across the country to celebrate Ireland as the home of Halloween and our ancient traditions of Samhain by connecting friends and family in these tough times through light and fire. While we cannot gather and celebrate at Fáilte Ireland’s Púca Festival, Fáilte Ireland is asking every household in the country to light a Jack O’Lantern, and enjoy a moment of peace and unity. The Lighting of Lantern moment will take place at 8pm on Saturday 31st October 2020, observing our rich history of Samhain, in what will be a very different Halloween this year.

Speaking about the campaign this year, Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals and Events at Fáilte Ireland said;“Halloween is going to be very different this year, so we wanted to create a moment for everyone to enjoy, in what has been a very difficult and testing year. The lighting of the lantern not only pays tribute to our ancient tradition of Samhain, it is also a symbol of hope, peace and new beginnings as we enter into the winter months of 2020. It is something that everyone can be part of, young and old and we hope that this acts as a moment to bring us all together, even though we must stay apart.

Ciara continued; “To ensure we mark and celebrate our ancient tradition of Samhain we will be broadcasting the annual torch-lit procession from the Hill of Ward on Saturday 31st October at 8pm.  It is a celebration that has taken place for hundreds of years and which will bring a little bit of the excitement and fun back into our lives this Halloween. This year is a perfect year for all of us to rediscover the wonderful old games and traditions that we all grow up with, from bobbing for apples to Bairín Breac.”

People can watch the spectacular torch-lit procession from the Hill of Ward at 8pm on Halloween night, Saturday 31st, by logging on to https://www.facebook.com/events/354395725980712 .

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