Residents from Kings Reach Care Home in Ramsey celebrated the special event of Hop Tu Naa on 31st October.
“The Manx Hop Tu Naa comes from the same roots as Hogmanay in Scotland, and is actually a New Year celebration,” explains Home Manager Jude Garganta. “Unlike the modern Scottish Hogmanay celebration Manx Hop Tu Naa observes the Celtic calendar and celebrates the New Year in October.
“Traditionally this is a time of great celebration as the harvest has been safely gathered and the night are drawing in, which for those who worked by the light of day was considered a great blessing.
“Here in the home, we followed tradition as residents dressed up as witches and wizards. We were also joined by some local children who sang the Hop Tu Naa song to us. We also had a quiz and plenty of scary tricks. A great time was had by all.”
Date published: 15 September 2017