The Creggan neighbourhood will host a new festival, Equinox, on Wednesday 20th March. Equinox will be a time for creativity,  sharing stories, cleansing and celebration and will feature a series of events taking place across Creggan from sunrise to sunset.

The equinox, or Cónocht an Earraigh in Gaelic, has held a special place in Ireland for thousands of years. The word “equinox” derives its name from the Latin term “eqi” which means “equal” and “nox” which means “night”. There are two equinoxes each year in March and September, when the day and night are approximately 12 hours each everywhere on Earth. Some speculate that the close proximity of the spring equinox to St Patrick’s Day is due to a merging of ancient Celtic traditions with more modern Christian rituals.