Haighea a chairde,
Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!
Ní cheiliúrann muid an Cháisc de ghnáth sa bhaile, taobh amuigh den seans a ghlacadh chun seacláid a ithe! Mar a shamhlódh sibh, áfach, is mór an ócáid í an Cháisc anseo in Éirinn. Bhí an t-ádh orainn traidisiún áitiúil iontach a fheiceáil Dé hAoine (‘Good Friday’ i mBéarla ach dar liom luíonn an leagan Gaeilge, ‘Aoine an Chéasta,’ le ciall i bhfad níos mó) nuair a tugadh cuireadh dúinn dul ar shiúlóid sna sléibhte i gConamara, agus páirt a ghlacadh in oilithreacht go tobar ar shliabh amháin, ina mbeadh ‘Turas na Croise’ agus páidreacha ar siúl. Arís, ní daoine reiligiúnacha muid, agus bhí muid beagán neirbhíseach fá dtaobh de mar sin, ach ba iontach an taithí é! Bhí scaifte mór ar an sliabh (500 duine, déarfainn!), agus bhí an tseirbhís uilig i nGaeilge. Bhí daoine áitiúla ag labhairt as Gaeilge, daoine ón chathair ag labhairt i mBéarla, agus eachtrannaí mar muidne ann, fosta. Bhain muid an-sult as an taithí agus tá áthas orm go raibh an deis sin againn.
Níl muid ag déanamh mórán inniu, ach thug mé fá deara gur tháinig Coinín na Cásca i rith na hoíche agus d’fhág sé roinnt uibheacha seacláide insan chuisneoir! Aisteach ar fad… níl cuma ródheas orthu, ach is féidir liom a rá le cinnteacht go bhfuil siad blasta go leor. 🙂
Go raibh lá/deireadh seachtaine deas agaibh!
We don’t really celebrate Easter back home, aside from using it as an excuse to eat chocolate! As you may imagine, however, it’s a pretty big occasion here in Ireland. We were very lucky and had the chance to witness a wonderful local tradition when we were invited to go on a walk and take part in the annual pilgrimage on Friday (‘Good Friday’ in English, but I think the Irish version, which translates to ‘Friday of the Torture,’ makes much more sense with the lore of the day), into the hills of Connemara to a holy well, to see the ‘Journey of the Cross’ and prayers on the hillside. Again, we’re not religious people, and thus were a bit nervous about this, but it was such a wonderful experience! There was a huge number of people all gathered on the hillside in this somewhat remote area of Connemara (maybe 500 people!), and the service was completely in Irish. There were locals speaking Irish, folks from the city speaking English, and even some other foreigners like us there. We really enjoyed this beautiful experience and I’m very glad we had that opportunity.
We’re not doing much today, but we were pleased to discover that the Easter Bunny snuck into our fridge last night and left some chocolate eggs in there! They don’t look too great but I can attest to the fact that they taste lovely. 🙂
Hope you all have a lovely day and weekend!