Light a candle for All Soul’s Night
Photo © Fred Goldstein
It’s Halloween, All Hallows Eve or All Souls Night, by the date but not the season here in Australia – but, hey, it’s all about the children so have fun!
Halloween is celebrated on 31 October in the Northern Hemisphere because it is midway between Autumn and Winter – a time when the cold weather and darkness draw in.
In Druid times, it’s linked to the seasonal junction between the plenty of the harvest and the scarcity of food; or life and death in those ancient days. The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) was held to mark summer’s end and considered a time when the veil between the living and the dead was at it’s finest. It allowed spirits or fairies to enter the material world but was also perfect for predictive work, so heartening for those dependent on the success of crops for survival.
Today, the ritual of dressing like ghosts is about going incognito amongst potential evil spirits; and the giving of sweets is steeped in the history of offering thanks to mother nature and begging for “soul cakes’ to bring good fortune and blessings.
Give thanks and have fun but it might be good to not step on any cracks or walk underneath ladders!
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