Folktales and Festivals

il_fullxfull.216786055My current novel series has taken me down a lot of interesting research pathways, but my favourites (by far) are folktales from around the world and the traditions that spring up around them.

Have you ever made a daisy chain? This playground tradition actually began because daisies were considered pure, and were thought to protect the wearer from evil spirits and magic. Ever wondered why Trick-or-Treaters appear at your door on Halloween? The answer isn’t ‘consumerism’ like you might think…

Below are a collection of my favourite folktales from around the world, plus articles for each of the Celtic Festivals which have shaped the way we celebrate modern holidays in surprising ways. Enjoy!


MYTHS, LEGENDS AND FOLKTALES

Celtic

  • Bran the Blessed
  • Merlin and the Crystal Cave
  • The Morrigan
  • Finn MacCool (the Giant of the Giant’s Causeway)
  • King Arthur

European

  • Baba Yaga
  • Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden)
  • Vasilisa the Priest’s Daughter
  • The Juniper Tree
  • Philemon and Baucis

General


THE CELTIC WHEEL OF THE YEAR