While Halloween will look different for many of us this year, we can still experience all the fun traditions from the home of Halloween, from home. While it may seem like a riddle, it’s true! All the spooky and beloved traditions of Halloween can actually be traced back thousands of years to Ireland.
Ordinarily, Ireland should be on your list of must-visit destinations during spooky season, but if all we get this year is a history lesson with a side of intrigue, we will take it!
Way back in the day, some 3,000 years to ancient Ireland, Christian Celtics believed the changing of seasons from fall to winter created an opening between the living world and the spirit world during a celebration called Samhain, marking the beginning of winter. To protect themselves from being pulled into the spirit world during the seasonal exchange, the Celts protected themselves by dressing up in homemade disguises as a way to hide from, and even scare away, roaming spirits, ghosts, demons and even fairies and hobgoblins.
Along with playing dress up and creating clever costumes, the season also welcomed large bonfires on hilltops, harvest festivals and seasonal fare.
Even our beloved Jack-o-lanterns can be traced back to Ireland, only instead of using pumpkins, the Irish used turnips. After crafting homemade lanterns, the younger family members would head out “trick-or-treating,” actually an attempt for poor children to collect food for their families.
While Ireland’s many incredible festivals, celebrations and historic sites may be out of reach this year for families, history buffs and spooky travelers to visit physically, we can still celebrate from home in our own way. Check out this virtual tour here and make some plans for 2021 to keep those spirits up — see what we did there?
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.
Although FaceTime, Zoom and other forms of virtual communication have helped during these difficult times, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. Let your friends and family know you are thinking of them by sending something personal, so they will have a piece of you with them.