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Chinese New Year in Irish: Cén tAinmhí (which animal) do 2015? Posted by on Feb 18, 2015

(le Róislín) Bliain Nua na Síneach agus Parthas na nGramadóirí.  Chinese New Year and this year, 2015, a grammarian’s paradise. Cén fáth?  Why? Because unlike previous years, 2015 offers us two, perhaps even three, animals as the symbol for the year. But choosing between animals would mostly be vocabulary, not grammar, right?  Like “sheep” vs…

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Samhain (November 1st) and Lá Caille (January 1st): Two New Years! Posted by on Oct 27, 2010

(le Róislín) I suppose one could see this as an opportunity for two ways of celebrating the New Year.  The traditional Celtic New Year was November 1st, recognized as Samhain [SOW-in] but not celebrated today as the official New Year.  The January 1st version of New Year’s Day is Lá Caille (lit. day of Calends)…

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