Claddagh, Galway – photograph taken by Margeurite Mespoulet & Madeleine Mignon, 1913

GH Kinahan, 1881;

‘Hansel Monday. – The first Monday in the year when formerly a present or hansel was given by a master or mistress to the servants, and by fathers or mothers to children. On that day people salute one another with “My Hansel on you.”

Anything that comes into your possession that day indicates luck, such as a child, calf, lambs, or money. If you receive on Hansel Monday you will sure to be lucky the rest of the year.’

Folk-lore Record


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