Victoria House Nursery Celebrates Hop Tu Naa

On the 30th and 31st of October Victoria House Nursery celebrated HOP TU NAA or SAUIN.

Hop Tu Naa is our Celtic New year here on the Isle of Man and very different to Halloween. Hop Tu Naa, marks the end of summer and beginning of winter. It is a celebration and thanks for a good harvest and the completion of preparations for winter.

It is also the time of the year when the living once again meet with our loved ones who have passed on to the next world. They join in with the festivities of the new year for the evening and listen to the news from the living.

There are many traditions which local people still practice from the singing of songs, the baking of a cake ‘SoddagValloo’ by single young ladies who eat the cake in silence and retire to bed to dream of the man they will Marry.Of course we also have the carving of the ‘moots’ or turnips. But all in all its a celebration of life and thanks for a good summer.