🧙🏻♀️🧙🏻♀️HAPPY HOP TU NAA.🧙🏻♀️🧙🏻♀️
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 there’s different versions depending where on the island you are – peel’s is mad!!
You don’t often see a turnip cookie cutter but the husband of a girl my friend works with (that’s how we know things in the Isle of Man ) custom makes cookie cutters so I couldn’t resist getting one a couple of years ago and made these sugar cookies!
I used @bbcgoodfood vanilla cookie recipe that never fails me – 🏻using Manx produce @iomcreamery butter, @laxeyflour flour and @closeleecefarm eggs from @robinsonsiom 🇮🇲
We actually carved pumpkins this year (shush, don’t tell anyone!) coz by the time we got down to @visit_laxey on Thursday they had run out! And I’m not digging one out – no matter how proud a manxie I am – ha!
Anyway, Have a brill time whatever your celebrating 🧙🏻♀️
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