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Celebrating Celtic Classic

Here in Bethlehem P.A., there are so many festivals and events  to attend which you won’t find anywhere else in the country: Apple Days, Musikfest, Vespers, Oktoberfest, and my all time favorite—Celtic Fest. Since my freshman year at Moravian, my friends and I have attended this celebration of Celtic culture in Historic Downtown Bethlehem.

You might be wondering what exactly Celtic Fest is. Well, it’s a nonprofit festival that promotes the Celtic culture and background. At this festival you’ll find music, food vendors, retail stands, art, paradon, and celtic activities. Usually, I just go for the food—especially corn-on-a-stick, yum! 

My friends and I at Celtic Classic

In years past, I’ve had the time of my life at this festival. When I first got to  campus my freshman year, I heard all the upperclassmen talking about “Celtic Fest”. I didn't quite understand the hype about this festival until I actually experienced it myself. I had no idea what to expect, and I was surprised by the amount of men wearing kilts that I saw! I knew some background on Celtic culture, but I wasn’t familiar with the tradition surrounding kilts. 

There’s something for everyone at Celtic Fest—delicious food, performances, shops, Celtic games, sword dances, and haggis eating contests. 

Pictured here is my friend with a Celtic flag of her own

After having so much fun at my first Celtic Festival, my friends and I made it a tradition to go every year. This event usually takes place during the last weekend of September. Don’t ask why it’s not held on St. Patrick’s Day, because I have no idea! But the weather is amazing in September, so I’m not complaining. 

This year’s Celtic Fest was just as fun as the rest. Of course I got corn-on-a-stick, but I had always wanted to try a gyro too! The gyro was quite interesting, would definitely consider trying again. After venturing around, we stopped at the cute little shops where we looked at jewelry and hats. A lot of my friends ended up buying rings, necklaces, and hats. Where as I decided to save my money for some more food (#priorities). 

Next year, go give “Celtic fest” a whirl!

 

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