Since the time of the ancient Celts, the inhabitants and descendants of Ireland have gathered together in "great assemblies", today called fests, to celebrate their culture and show their pride in their Irish heritage. The Irish culture has taken thousands of years to develop, so we need to cherish every moment of it. Being Irish goes well beyond shamrocks, leprechauns, St. Patrick, and blarney. The roots of Irish pride rests in the talented, hearty, compassionate, and deeply spiritual people. The fests provide the opportunity for those who share in that Irish pride to join in celebration.