In my books to be Irish at Christmas means being together. Basking in the warmth of good friends and family we haven’t seen in a long time, and truly enjoying their presence. Last year this precious time of merriment was stolen from us due to the pandemic, but as life gets back to normal, so do our traditions.
I’m currently in my third year at The School of Irish Studies at Concordia University. Within the faculty of Arts and Science, I’m currently an undergraduate student taking on a Major in the program. My research focuses on the rich history, culture, literature, music, theatre, and life that the Irish possess in Ireland, and abroad as a diaspora. My goal is to be an active and positive influence within my local Irish community, while educating others about Irish history and heritage. I’m hoping to eventually travel to a rural community in Ireland to further research my field of study which includes the Irish language, folklore, and mythology.
One tradition that the Irish Studies students put on once a semester is a Céilí! At the start of December, a small group of friends including myself recently organized a Christmas Céilí last week at a local pub here in Montreal. It was so nice to recite some poetry and partake in live music and merriment again! In my opinion, there is nothing quite like singing, dancing and sharing tunes in a group; music is a sure-fire way to tell that our city is alive again.
Even though I’ll be spending quite a bit of time joining in on the joyous festivities with friends, there is nothing better than to be snuggled in with a good book over the holidays. I intend on reading quite a few by the fire, cup of tea in hand, transporting to myself to many, fantastical worlds.
Nollaig shona duit!