Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Samhain!

Today isn't just about tricks, treats, costumes or pumpkins. It's an ancient festival that celebrates the abundance of the harvest. It's also about endings and beginnings.

In the ancient Celtic calendar, the end of October marks the end of the summer season and the end of the year. A time to look back on all that's happened both good and bad, births and deaths. It was their New Year's Eve. So, feasting, dressing up, visiting neighbors and honoring those who had died was part of the festival.

And we continue it today with treats, costumes and parties as well as displaying ghosts, headstones or          spirit creatures in and around our homes.

Even the pumpkins we carve have their origin in the Celtic festival of Samhain. They hollowed out gords and squashes put candles inside to use as lanterns to light the way as they went out to visit their neighbors.

This ancient fire festival is in my blood and yours. That's why it's still around today. I'm glad to greet my neighbors, share my abundance and honor all the people who have come and gone leaving their wisdom and love for me.

No tricks, just treats! Happy Samhain, everyone!

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