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Hop Tu Naa preparations under way

Turnip for Hop Tu Naa
Manx children carry carved turnip lanterns at Hop Tu Naa

Staff at the Isle of Man National Folk Museum are preparing to celebrate Hop Tu Naa, the traditional Manx start to the Celtic new year.

The festival, which marks the end of the summer and the beginning of winter, is held on the same day as Halloween.

Celebrations include children taking to the streets to sing the Hop Tu Naa song and carrying carved turnip lanterns.

Turnip-decorating and other activities will be included in the Manx National Heritage event on 31 October.

Yvonne Cresswell, curator of social history, said: "The Hop Tu Naa event at Cregneash is an event for the whole family and a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about the customs and traditions of Manx Hop Tu Naa.

"Visitors will be able to make and decorate their own turnip lantern to take home and they will also be able to learn the Manx Hop Tu Naa song and dance."

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