๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธHAPPY HOP TU NAA.๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Hop-tu-naa is the oldest continuously-existing tradition in the Isle of Man. Celebrated on the 31st of October, Hop-tu-naa is the Manx equivalent of Halloween, with some very important differences. Unmistakably, one of the key features of hop-tu-naa is the "moot" (turnip), which is hollowed out and decorated; there is also a range of popular folk songs with regional differences, in both English and Manx; there is a traditional folk dance still practiced across the Island today; and there are some unusual customs and supertitions which link back to the ancient Celtic beliefs about this time of year… (quote from @culturevannin) .
We have turnips that we scoop out instead of a pumpkin (luckily @manxnationalheritage will drill them out for you at cregneash TODAY and our children will never need to know the pain of a blistered hand from the carving spoon ) and light up with a candle. This is the song my girls sing but thereโ€™s different versions depending where on the island you are – peelโ€™s is mad!!

You donโ€™t often see a turnip cookie cutter but the husband of a girl my friend works with (thatโ€™s how we know things in the Isle of Man ) custom makes cookie cutters so I couldnโ€™t resist getting one a couple of years ago and made these sugar cookies!
I used @bbcgoodfood vanilla cookie recipe that never fails me – ๐Ÿปusing Manx produce @iomcreamery butter, @laxeyflour flour and @closeleecefarm eggs from @robinsonsiom ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

We actually carved pumpkins this year (shush, donโ€™t tell anyone!) coz by the time we got down to @visit_laxey on Thursday they had run out! And Iโ€™m not digging one out – no matter how proud a manxie I am – ha!

Anyway, Have a brill time whatever your celebrating ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

#seasonal #hoptunaa #isleofman #manxculture #isleofmantradition #moot #mootcookies #turnip #scaryturnip #sugarcookies @visitisleofman @isleofman_insta @biosphereiom @discoverisleofman

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