Belfast’s Victorian Expansion

Belfast’s Victorian Expansion

  Belfast in the 1890s was an industrious, self-confident city in the throes of economic expansion. Belfast’s staple trades – flax spinning and shipbuilding – had brought much wealth to the city’s merchants and businessmen, and regular (albeit low paid)...
Diwali: Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Diwali: Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 marks the beginning of Diwali, the five-day festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. Diwali is the most popular festival in India, equal to Christmas in importance, and celebrates the triumph of...
Quaker Meeting House: An Alternative Christmas

Quaker Meeting House: An Alternative Christmas

Today, most Quakers celebrate Christmas with as much enthusiasm as any other Christians. It was not always so. Early Quakers aimed for simplicity and did not mark festivities. Every day was considered sacred – including Christmas Day, which was passed without...
GPNB: Advent

GPNB: Advent

Advent marks the beginning of the lead up to Christmas and lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. This year Advent began on Sunday 28th November. The word ‘advent’ comes from the Latin ‘coming’, which traditionally signifies how it is a time of...
Christmas in the Poor House

Christmas in the Poor House

Today’s blog post will explore the history of Clifton House, its occupants and how Christmas celebrations changed throughout the years both within and outside the walls! Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752 with the aim to open a Poor House and Infirmary....