Welcoming Spring from Ireland to Turkey

Folks East and West have been celebrating in the streets this past week. I happened to be in both Ireland and Turkey for St. Patrick’s Day and Nurooz, the traditional New Year for many Middle Eastern countries, celebrating the coming of spring. The equivalent ancient celebration in Ireland is called Imbolc and it takes place on February first. The day has been Christianized and called St. Brigid’s Day. Many believe the name Brigid is that of a pagan goddess. Posted here are links showing images and a film about these both of these holidays.

St Patrick’s Day photos from RTE News

Nurooz photos from Hurriyet News

And a video on the Zoroastrians of Iran:

These photographs were taken last week on the island of Inis Mor, off the West coast of Ireland. It is the setting of one of my novels in progress.

Happy St. Patricks Day and Happy Nurooz!