Celtic festivals

The Celts in Ireland had several festivals to celebrate important landmarks throughout the year.

These coincided with key events such as the summer and winter solstices, and the spring and autumn equinoxes.

Celtic festivals. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Click on the symbols below to discover more about each festival.

Imbolc – festival marking start of Spring

Celtic festival Imbolc. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Ēostre – forerunner of Easter

Celtic festival Eostre. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Beltane – festival of fire

Celtic festival Beltane. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Litha – festival of light

Celtic festival Litha. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Lughnasadh – harvest festival

Celtic festival Lughnasadh. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Mabon – celebration of autumn equinox

Celtic festival Mabon. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Samhain – forerunner of Halloween

Celtic festival Samhain. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling

Yule – ancient festival pre-dating Christmas

Celtic festival Yule. Image Copyright - Ireland Calling