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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 children’s activities associated with the festive occasion. Turnip Carved Ready for Hop tu Naa

    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:

    “It’s a great opportunity for all to come to Cregneash and learn about the customs behind one of our most ancient Celtic traditions that’s still celebrated. There’ll 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

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