The Killaloe Festival of Light is a multicultural light festival that draws inspiration from many traditional festivals around the world (Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, Diwali, All Saints Day, All Souls day, Zaduski, etc).
It is an annual festival that occurs on the darkest night of the year (the new moon usually around October/ November). This night has great significance & similarities in many traditional cultures (Ireland, Poland, Mexico, India, etc). It celebrates light over darkness, the end of harvest and new beginnings. On this night the veil between the two worlds is thinnest, hence it is a day to remember the dead. It is the night to light up the darkness and illuminate the earth in as many ways as possible! In Killaloe we do this through music, art, dance, food, storytelling and most importantly with Fire & Light and all things bright….
The festival dates are chosen to coincide with Diwali. Diwali or Deepavali is a festival that has been celebrated in India for thousands of years. In India, this day is considered very auspicious. It has many similarities to Samhain and the other traditional festivals celebrated at this time.