Oidhche Shamhna

It’s Halloween.

Oidhche Shamhna in Gaelic.

There are lots of Scottish traditions around All Hallows Eve and All Souls day in Scotland and Gaelic history, (just google it) but I learnt two things I didn’t know before today, both of which relate to the 31st of October.

I was round visiting a neighbour tonight, and the catalogue for tmorrow’s cattle sale was on the table. Being nosey, I took a look. I was struck by the various terminology for the beasts. Both calves, and bullocks and heifers were listed. So I did my usual, and asked a silly question “When does a calf become a bullock or heifer?”

Now, apparently these days, it is at between 8 and 10 months of age. However, back in the day the cut off was the 31st of October. Before then, all stock born that year were calves, and on the 1st of November they became bullocks or heifers.

Secondly, when guising in Tiree, tradition dictates that you hide your face and don’t reveal yourself until the person you are visitng has correctly guessed your identity.

So, there you go!

I managed to grow one pumpkin this year. Here is it.


Impressive, huh?

I decided to carve it into an Angry Bird. I found a template that looked easy. Here is the result.



Could do better…

Next year, I’ll have a bigger pumpkin!

One thought on “Oidhche Shamhna

  • 1st November 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Thank you for the scary welcome last night! I have learnt a valuable lesson – when in Tiree, always carry a torch. The Angry Bird pumpkin is a master piece!


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