Celebrate Hop Tu Naa the Traditional Way at Cregneash Folk Village 19 October 2005
As the rest of the British Isles celebrates Halloween, come along to Cregneash Folk Village on Sunday 30th October, where Manx National Heritage will help you get prepared for Manx Hop tu naa.
There will be a free turnip and candle with every ticket and children will be able to make and decorate their own turnip lanterns to take home, ready for the following evening. There will also be a variety of childrens activities associated with the festive occasion.
Historically Hop tu naa has been considered to be the Celtic New Year, marking the end of the summer and the beginning of winter. It was a time when people could celebrate the fact that the harvest had been safely gathered in and all the preparations had been made for the winter ahead.
Traditionally the boys would go from house to house singing the Hop tu naa song and hope to be rewarded with apples, bonnag, herring and, if lucky, some sweets and the odd penny. The girls would stay at home and try to discover who they were going to marry. By eating a salted herring or a soddag valloo (dumb cake) made from flour, salt, eggs (shells and all!) and soot, they would hope to dream of their future husband. In recent years, young girls no longer try to find out who they are going to marry, but many children still go out with a carved turnip lantern singing the Hop tu naa song around the streets.
Southern Area Site Manager, Peddyr Cubberley commented:
Its a great opportunity for all to come to Cregneash and learn about the customs behind one of our most ancient Celtic traditions thats still celebrated. Therell be opportunities to make a turnip lantern which can be used the following night, as well as learning a Hop tu Naa song and dance.
The activities will all take place under cover at Cregneash Village, so no need to worry about the weather. Remember, this is your chance to make sure that you have all you need to celebrate Manx Hop tu Naa.
Cregneash is part of the award-winning Story of Mann and is open from 10am to 5pm. The standard admission fee applies. Please note that Manx National Heritage Seasonal Sites close on October 30th 2005, however, the Manx Museum and the House of Manannan remain open throughout the winter period.
Come and celebrate our Manx traditions and try your hand at the activities on offer at Cregneash, Sunday October 30th, between 11am and 5pm. Site closes at 5pm.
19th October 2005
More stories >>>
|Related News Articles
|Wartime at Cregneash 15 August 2012|
This weekend, as part of the Island at War event on the Steam Railway, visitors can travel by free vintage bus service from Port Erin and Port St. [More]
|Hop tu Naa Weekend at Cregneash 25 October 2011|
Young visitors with their turnip lanternsAs the rest of the British Isles prepares to celebrate Halloween, the village of Cregneash gets ready for a wonderful weekend of Hop tu Naa celebrations starting at 10am on Saturday 29th October, with Jinnie the Witch and Friends and Traditional Hop tu Naa on Sunday 30th October. [More]
|Hop Tu Naa Celebrations at Cregneash 21 October 2010|
As the rest of the British Isles prepares to celebrate Halloween, The National Folk Museum at Cregneash will stage the annual traditional Manx Hop tu Naa celebration starting at 10am on Sunday 31st October 2010. [More]
|Fun for All the Family at 'Cruinnaght Chreneash' 27 August 2010|
The National Folk Museum at Cregneash is once again showcasing the traditional methods of farming and craft at the annual Cruinnaght Chreneash. [More]
|O Land of Our Birth in the 21st Century 12 July 2010|
The Isle of Man Arts Council is very pleased to present an exhibition by Sally Hogarth entitled 'O Land of our Birth - Cultural Identity within a Global Age at the Sayle Gallery from 16th July until 5th August 2010. [More]