Hop Tu Naa

Hop-tu-naa is the oldest continuously-existing tradition in the Isle of Man. Celebrated on the 31st of October, Hop-tu-naa is the Manx equivalent of Halloween, with some very important differences. Unmistakably, one of the key features of hop-tu-naa is the "moot" (turnip), which is hollowed out and decorated; there is also a range of popular folk songs with regional differences, in both English and Manx; there is a traditional folk dance still practiced across the Island today; and there are some unusual customs and supertitions which link back to the ancient Celtic beliefs about this time of year...

Videos

  • Hop tu Naa: A traditional Manx celebration in Maughold

  • The Hop-tu-naa Turnip: An ancient Manx tradition

  • Hop-tu-naa sung in Manx by the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh

  • The hop-tu-naa dance

  • Hop-tu-naa (a new version) by Biskee Brisht

  • A Manx superstition for Hop tu Naa

  • When did the Manx first carve hop-tu-naa turnips?

  • Carving a hop-tu-naa turnip in 45 seconds

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Oral History

  • Hampton Creer on Jinny the Witch

    Farmer and local historian Hampton Creer talks to David Callister about the origins of Jinny the Witch.

  • Sue Woolley

    An overview of the traditions around hop-tu-naa: from the Peel tradition of turnip carving through to the folklore associated with the 31st of October.

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Audio

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