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Oíche Shamhna refers to Halloween, or November's Eve, in Ireland. The Celts, early settlers of the British Isles, proclaimed Oíche Shamhna as the time when souls visited the Earth. When Ireland adapted the Christian religion years later, Oíche Shamhna became Hallowmas (later called Halloween) and All Saints' Day. October 31 is the official Halloween date, November 1 is All Saints’ Day, and November 2 is All Souls’ Day. On these days, people commemorated the lives of the dead and honored them through offerings, prayers, and sacrifices.

The Irish are famous for their hospitality, which dates back to olden times. It was believed that turning away a stranger would bring bad luck and a bad name to the household. (According to one Christian belief, a stranger might be Christ in disguise coming to test the members of the household.) The front doors of houses were commonly left open at meal times. Anyone who passed by would feel free to enter and join in the meal. While many of the old superstitions are a thing of the past, Irish warmth and hospitality toward strangers remains. Hospitality is practiced not only at home, but also at the neighborhood pub (bar). Anyone joining a group of drinkers immediately buys a round of drinks for everyone at the table. (Similarly, no one smokes a cigarette without first offering the pack to everyone present.)

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