Here's a little superstitious remedy and a few other reminders from old Ireland to get you in the mood for the carnival, courtesy of Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland by Jane Francesca Wilde and William Robert Wilde, 1887:
Don't forget to mind the details when working at home in the kitchen:
A Charm for Safety
Pluck ten blades of yarrow, keep nine, and cast the tenth away for tithe to the spirits. Put the nine in your stocking, under the heel of the right foot,
when going on a journey, and the Evil One will have no power over you.
Even beauty care has its warnings and recommendations:
People ought to remember that eggshells are favourite retreats of the fairies, therefore the judicious eater should always break the shell after use, to prevent the fairy sprite from taking up his lodgement therein.
Enjoy visiting the carnival. May you avoid any trouble with fairies and may the luck of the Irish be with you!The cuttings of your hair should not be thrown where birds can find them; for they will take them to build their nests, and then you will have headaches all the year after.
To make the skin beautiful, wash the face in May dew upon May morning just at sunrise.