Tree : HOLLY    Celtic Name : TINNE    Gaelic Name : CUILEANN

Mosaic made by : Culbokie Out of School Summer Club

Location : Culbokie Church Centre, Culbokie


Holly was seen as King of the Wintertime during Celtic times. Its Celtic name means sacred tree and is also the Celtic word for fire. The wood of the holly tree creates a fierce fire, and the word “tinder” relating to kindling fires is derived from this Celtic word.

Its dark green prickly leaves and bright red berries that provide a valuable food source for birds make it easily recognisable. 

The Celtic people associated holly with courage and male energy, vitality and strength. The totem bird for holly is the Robin as depicted on Culbokie Out of School Club’s design.

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