Bilberry & Garland Sunday Folklore

stories of engagement through berries and flowers  ...  next session Sunday 24th July 2022

about this afternoon session

Bilberry Sunday and Garland Sunday are celebrated in various places of Ireland, almost as if they are separate to Lunasadh. The custom of Bilberry Sunday almost vanished as the spread of sitka spruce tree plantations wiped out very abundant bilberry bush areas. Now as many of these tree plantations have been felled ,and not replaced, the bilberry bushes are naturally returning and so are the foragers.

With Garland Sunday, due to how it is celebrated in some places today, we may think of the dog shows, baby shows, and sports on this day. But during this Nature Folklore session I will share I few stories of Garland Sunday origins that I have picked up along the way ...

Both the earlier traditions of Bilberry Sunday and Garland Sunday had connections to fertility and care for upcoming newborns, and I will tell how these events were revered. 

I will also tell of land fertility and gratitude rituals that were acted out by some interesting mythical characters. I will also include some origins to the mountain pilgrimages such as the Croagh Patrick climb. 

Also, for this 'Nature Folklore' session on Sunday I invite you to share your poetry or story that relates to bilberries, flower garlands, pilgrimages, and first harvest gratitude, or similar. Please message me to arrange being live on the show on Sunday, or submit your pre-recorded video clips, photos, and audio clips. I can assemble these into short videos for broadcast. Please ensure these are in Landscape mode as much as possible.

Suggested Itinerary ...

2:00 online live stream event  broadcasted through FacebookYouTubeTwitter
3:00 suggest you contemplate the content broadcasted within your favourite natural sanctuary.
4:00 social sharing and conversation time wherever you are, within your local Covid restrictions.

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