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Calendar Customs: Make Your Own Harvest Knot

Harvest Knots

Join members of the Education Team to find out about Lúgnasa customs and traditions and make your own Harvest Knot.

Activity at a Glance

Level: 4th to 6th Class
Group Size:  Classroom Size 
Location: Onsite Session 
Duration: 60 minutes, 3 parts
10 min: Talk 
40 min: Workshop
10 min: Q & A 
Availability:Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th September 2023
Times: 10am to 11am or 11.30am to 12.30pm
Booking: Booking required
Accessibility: Hands-on

Bookings and information:

To book the Harvest knot workshop and to find out about available dates contact the Bookings and Information office at

Curriculum Links: 

Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE)

  • Local Studies - Feasts and Festivals in the Past; Story - Stories of Lives of People in the Past - Belief
  • Culture in the Past - Cultural Activities.
  • Early people and ancient societies – Values.
  • Ordinary People – Communities - Appreciation of Culture
Visual Arts/Construction: Concepts and Skills:
  • Awareness of Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern and Rhythm; Strands - Construction/Making constructions/Looking and Responding
  • Creative Thinking – Respond to Periods and Cultures – Regional Craft Tradition – National Heritage.
  • Human Environments – Social and Cultural Activities – Social Environment.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Discuss festivals in general; identify the reasons why harvest knots were made. 
  • Know the time of year they were produced, recognize the material used to make them and see the different styles of the knots. 
  • Learn how to make a Compass Plait Harvest Knot and receive appropriate guidance leading to a completed project.
  • Insight into a traditional craft and past culture.
  • Understanding the effect of the past on present culture.
  • Discuss their own work and the work of their classmates. 
  • Discuss what the students will do with their completed knot. 
  • Review the content of the workshop.

Pre-Visit Resources:

  • Watch short video of how to make a Harvest Knot here 

  • Check out information on Calendar Customs and Traditions here 

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