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The sun entering the chamber at Newgrange on the winter Solstice reminds many of the ancient religion of Ireland.
This section contains information about spiritual traditions that are based on or influenced by ancient spiritual practices in Ireland and elsewhere. The traditions profiled are Druidry, Celtic Spirituality, Wicca/ Witchcraft and Shamanism.
The traditions included in this section share some common ground about the nature of the Deity and associated beliefs. They have been grouped for this reason; there is no intention to suggest that they are a cohesive collective. Some groups within these traditions have structures and nominated clergy while others meet in low-key groups that have no overall governing structure.
These traditions tend to observe the Celtic Calendar that commences on the festival of Samhain, the Celtic New Year (October 31st) and observe seven other additional festivals, namely Imbolg (February 1st), Bealtaine (May 1st), Lughnasa (August 1st), the two Equinoxes (spring and autumn), and the two Solstices (summer and winter). Each of these and the time between each has particular significance.
Estimates indicate that approximately 5% of the world's population continue to follow indigenous religions.