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Festival Customs

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0868, Page 046

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St. Patrick's Day
Many customs are observed on St. Patrick's Day. Everyone wears shamrock and send it to their friends in America and other places. On that day in years gone by people used burn a hazel rod and the head of the family marked the sign of the cross on each persons arm. This was because St. Patrick put the serpent out of Ireland with a hazel rod.

Shrove Tuesday
Match-making is carried on, this day and people generally hold dances. Pancakes are eaten at supper.
Ash Wednesday
On this day ashes are blessed and put on the peoples forhead.
Chalk Sunday
On "Chalk Sunday" every bachelor is marked with chalk.

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Collector
Nellie Ivory
Gender
female
Informant
Mr J. Ivory
Gender
male
Age
60
Address
Ballyconra, Co. Kilkenny
Language
English