Go plastic free for Hop to Naa

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Hop Tu Naa Moot Photo Credit Culture VanninHop Tu Naa Moot Photo Credit Culture Vannin

As the trees turn to their beautiful autumnal colours our thoughts turn to the celebration of Hop tu Naa on the Island. But will your Hop tu Naa turn into a plastic nightmare? You can still get into the spirit without resorting to plasticky tricks, here are some ideas.

Don’t buy a plastic lantern but carve a turnip or moot instead. Find it difficult to hollow out? Try drilling holes into the turnip fist after cutting the top off it. Lovely greens has advice https://lovelygreens.com/carve-turnip-jack-o-lantern/
Make your own sweets, try icing two black eyes onto marshmallows for ghosts, or cover the top of cupcakes in strips of white icing paste and add two eyes for scary mummies! Melt some chocolate and pour onto greaseproof paper in splat shapes. Ice with crazy eyes and a crooked mouth for monsters. Choose sweets in cardboard boxes such as Smarties. More ideas at https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/20-fun-halloween-treats-make-kids.html

Looking for a costume? Upcycle your old one or swop costumes with friends. Wrap up your child in white crepe paper as a mummy, make sure they can move freely!! Wear a black tee shirt, stuff 6 long black coloured socks and stitch them on the side (The other 2 legs that are needed are yours!) Wear a black knitted hat and stitch two eyes on it to become a spider.

Hop tu Naa is an old Celtic tradition on the Isle of Man and celebrates the original new years eve or oie houney. The Celts believed that the night before the new year that the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead became blurred. This is why decorations include ghosts and skeletons. Why was the new year then? Because at this time in nature things are dying off or hibernating for the winter and it is a wait untll the cycle of spring brings the new life again.

Why is some wildlife associated with Hop tu Naa? Bats come out at night and so are associated with these darker months. But instead of being fearful of them we should thank them for keeping the number of insects down. Spiders wrap up their prey in silken threads before killing them which SOME PEOPLE DON’T LIKE. It is believed that arachnophobia is actually down to genetics and conditioning as more poisonous spiders were around in the past and it was a survival instinct! Long tails were well known to spread diseases in the past and were hence the harbinger of death. Happy Hop tu Naa everyone!

Here's some more information and ideas about Hop tu Naa from our friends at Culture Vannin:


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