The Celtic people dominated the British Isles and most of Europe prior to the expansion of the Roman Empire. Celtic polytheism was practiced until the conversion of the Celtic population to Christianity. Many of the customs and traditions of the Celts were blended with Christian holidays to make the transition easier. Examples are trees on Christmas and decorated eggs for Easter.
There are still areas that are known collectively as Celtic nations. These include Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. Gaelic is spoken to some extent and some of the old Celtic customs are still observed. Neopagan, which include Wiccans, Neodruids, Reconstructionist, and Folklorist have embraced many of the Ancient Celtic celebrations and made them their own.
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