Happy Samhain!

Samhain Altar 2009 by ~Wilhelmine

Samhain is the Celtic New Year, the day when the veil between the dead and the living is lifted. The Celts considered the year to be split in two halves, the Dead Half and the Living Half. Samhain makes the beginning of the Dead Half. It is also the time when we are to honor our Ancestors.

There are many traditions that we still do today.

Jack o' Lanterns! Ancient Celts carved turnips, pumpkins came about when they moved to America, they used them to light the way and ward off evil spirits.

Mask and Costumes! They wore masks and costumes to disguise themselves from the dead, so they could both walk together without fear of each other.

Trick or Treat! Samhain used to be a month long feast, the last of the harvest festivals. They shared food and drink and remembered their dearly beloved departed ones. 

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