Celts having fun!
If there’s one thing that unites the Celtic nations, it’s the love of a good festival or national celebration.
From the saints days – including huge celebrations like St Patrick’s Day in Dublin - to events showcasing traditional music, dance, arts and sport, there’s always something happening in the Celtic world.
Festivals encompass music, dance, poetry, prose, food, arts & crafts and traditional Celtic games and sports. They range in size from event with thousands of performers and hundreds of thousands of visitors, to local village ceilidhs with a few dozen participants.
We can barely scratch the surface of the Celtic festival world here so we’ll pick out a few events to give a flavour of its breadth and depth, in the ‘home’ nations themselves and also in the countries of the global Celtic diaspora.
We’ll mention some of the most important festivals with a specifically Celtic flavour in each area and then leave you to discover the rest through our more comprehensive listing by location.