Ire­land: Em­bassy cel­e­brates Hal­loween

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - EMBASSY -

The Em­bassy of Ire­land held a quiz on the evening of Novem­ber 1 to mark the an­cient Ir­ish fes­ti­val of Samhain. Known as Oiche na Sprideanna or Spirit Night in Ire­land, the night marks the end of sum­mer and the be­gin­ning of win­ter. Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, on this night, the ghosts of the dead re­turn to walk the earth for one night be­fore the dark half of the year be­gins. The Ir­ish tra­di­tion was car­ried abroad, par­tic­u­larly to the US, by Ir­ish emi­grants flee­ing famine in the 19th cen­tury and grew into the fes­ti­val known to­day as Hal­loween. More than 80 stu­dents from Bei­jing For­eign Stud­ies Univer­sity, Ts­inghua Univer­sity and Bei­jing Dublin In­ter­na­tional Col­lege at­tended the event. The night in­cluded a dra­matic read­ing of Ir­ish au­thor Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula, a buf­fet of Hal­loween in­spired food and drink, and a quiz test­ing stu­dents on their knowl­edge of films, mu­sic and Hal­loween tra­di­tions.

Photo: Cour­tesy of the Ir­ish Em­bassy in Bei­jing

Guests cel­e­brate the Ir­ish fes­ti­val of Samhain at the Ir­ish Em­bassy in Bei­jing.

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