NORTHERN  IRELAND   

Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is located north-east of Ireland Island. The country is famous for its history, culture, mythology and vibrant musical life.

Culture Northern Ireland is mixed. On the one hand, this is a traditional British culture with English traditions and customs, with other Irish, originating in ancient Celtic history of the indigenous inhabitants of the island. For example, in Northern Ireland St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday, unlike the UK.

Hilly highlands surround the central lowlands where Loch Ney Lake is located, the largest lake on the British Islands. The coast line is very rugged. The costal landscapes are very picturesque. 

National folklore of Northern Ireland is impressive. The art of dances of both Northern Ireland and Scotland takes roots from the Celtic culture. So, the traditional dance in this region is the Ceili dance, although step-dance is also popular. The national music, as a rule, is plaid on violin, drums and bagpipes. Almost every village has at least one pub where folk music is plaid. 

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