Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 25-10-2010

Hop-tu-Naa celebrations at Cregneash this weekend

by Tessa Hawley

Hop-tu-Naa celebrations at Cregneash this weekend

CHILDREN will be able to celebrate Halloween the Manx way this year - at a special celebration in Cregneash.


The National Folk Museum is holding its annual Hop-tu-Naa celebration this Sunday, October 31.


Children will be able to carve and decorate their own turnip lanterns to take home and there will be an opportunity to learn a traditional song and dance.


The Isle of Man Farmer’s Market will also be at the event from 11am to 3pm.


Andrew Metcalfe, museums and sites manager for Manx National Heritage, said: "The Hop-tu-Naa event at Cregneash is an event for the whole family and a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about the customs and traditions of Manx 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.


Traditionally the boys would go from house to house singing the Hop-tu-Naa song and would hope to be rewarded with apples, bonnag, herring and sweets.


The girls would stay at home and try to discover who they were going to marry by eating salted herrings, flour, eggs and salt in the hope that they would dream of their future husband.


The event will take place between 10am and 5pm and admission is £2. Children presenting their ACE card will get in for free.

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