Celebrate Laa Boaldyn (Manx May Day)

– Posted on Wednesday 27th April 2016

A celebration of Manx May Day (Laa Boaldyn) will take place at Cregneash on Monday, 2 May 2016.

The event will include a variety of activities for visitors throughout the afternoon, including the opportunity to learn about the folklore and traditions of the Manx May Day through music, dance and storytelling.

Helen Ashcroft, Site Manager for Cregneash said:

“Manx May Day celebrations represent a time between the death of winter and the rebirth of summer, which was thought to be a particularly dangerous time in Manx folklore. Midnight on May Day Eve was a time when witches and fairies were considered to be at their most threatening and a series of traditions arose to allay fears and protect the Manx people and their livestock from danger.

The principal form of protection against mischievous fairies was the crosh cuirn, made from a rowan or mountain ash and placed above the door of the house, the cow shed and even tied to the cows’ tails. That certainly must have been an unusual sight.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to make crosh cuirns and learn about traditional Manx rural living including the practical reasons which made life difficult and threatening at this time of year when the salt fish from the winter was running out and crops were not yet growing. The difference between living in a rural idyll or abstract poverty was never more prevalent than at Laa Boaldyn.

The event will begin at 1pm until 5pm and all are welcome. The Village Tearooms will be offering traditional Manx fare including freshly-made bonnag. Perree Bane will be performing in the village at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Find out more at

Back to top