Samhain is an ancient Gaelic festival that prehistorically marked the end of the harvest season. It took place annually around sunset on October 31st. Modern day Halloween celebrations throughout the world have deviated from ancient Samhain celebrations but in Ireland we have maintained a strong tradition of continuing to mark this ancient pagan ritual through a variety of cultural events. Cork city in particular boasts a wonderful showcase of culture for Halloween. Cork Community Artlink are the initiative behind the Shandon Dragon Festival that takes place annually attracting 100’s of spectators to the streets of the Shandon area.
Events commence on Thursday, October 29th with a grand opening at the festival HQ, the marquee in St Anne’s Park by Shandon Bell tower. While there is a lengthy programme of events and workshops taking place across the weekend, one of the highlights will undoubtedly be the Circus Cabaret taking place on Friday night from 7.30pm. It promises to be a magnificent display of dance and acrobatic talent.
However, the pinnacle of the weekend is the Parade of the Shandon Dragon taking place on Halloween night. Participants from a wide variety of community groups will perform in costumes and on floats that are the result of months of preparation and artistic work. Visitors and locals are encouraged to line the streets to watch this spectacular display of fire poi, circus and dance performers from 7pm on October 31st.
We hope that you have enjoyable Samhain weekend and that you participate in or attend some of the fun events that are scheduled here in Cork over the next few days.
For full event listings for Dragon of Shandon festival see the following website link.