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#1 Aug 24, 2013
Stores are already selling Halloween stuff! I like Halloween and putting out all of my cute décor! Making treat bags for the kids and taking my son trick or treating! Maybe this will be his last year, but I doubt it!

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#2 Aug 24, 2013
The Story of Samhain - the ancient Irish origin of Halloween

Long before the Americans invented Halloween the Irish were celebrating Samhain a great druidic festival that marked the boundary between our world and the spirit world.

Samhain - a celtic festival

In druidic times Samhain marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year. The Celtic New Year’s Eve was a mysterious moment which belonged neither to the past nor the present. Samhain was considered the third and last harvest of the growing year. Fruit and nuts were the last gifts of nature to be gathered and the apple in particular was the symbol of this harvest.

Traditionally great bonfires were lit at Samhain upon which in druidic times may have been the site of human sacrifices to ensure that the winters reign was not unending.

FEILE NA MARBH - the dead walk abroad

At Samhain the spirits of the dead sought the warmth of the fireside and communion with their living kin. This time was also known as Féile na Marbh (the Feast of the Dead). As the veil between worlds thinned, all manner of spirits walked abroad at Samhain, including those of loved ones passed on. An empty chair by the fire was often left free along with a candle in the window to guide the ghosts home for comfort and seek their blessing for the coming year. In time the candle was placed inside a turnip lantern upon which a demon’s face was carved to scare off unfriendly spirits.

The tradition of wearing of costumes and masks at Samhain developed to deceive these same unfriendly spirits lest they recognised you and called you to the Otherworld before your time. Nervous living folk would attempt to appease the wandering spirit with gifts of fruit and nuts, which may be the origin of the ubiquitous treat or treating.

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#3 Aug 24, 2013
AussiPino wrote:
The Story of Samhain - the ancient Irish origin of Halloween
Long before the Americans invented Halloween the Irish were celebrating Samhain a great druidic festival that marked the boundary between our world and the spirit world.
Samhain - a celtic festival
In druidic times Samhain marked the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year. The Celtic New Year’s Eve was a mysterious moment which belonged neither to the past nor the present. Samhain was considered the third and last harvest of the growing year. Fruit and nuts were the last gifts of nature to be gathered and the apple in particular was the symbol of this harvest.
Traditionally great bonfires were lit at Samhain upon which in druidic times may have been the site of human sacrifices to ensure that the winters reign was not unending.
FEILE NA MARBH - the dead walk abroad
At Samhain the spirits of the dead sought the warmth of the fireside and communion with their living kin. This time was also known as Féile na Marbh (the Feast of the Dead). As the veil between worlds thinned, all manner of spirits walked abroad at Samhain, including those of loved ones passed on. An empty chair by the fire was often left free along with a candle in the window to guide the ghosts home for comfort and seek their blessing for the coming year. In time the candle was placed inside a turnip lantern upon which a demon’s face was carved to scare off unfriendly spirits.
The tradition of wearing of costumes and masks at Samhain developed to deceive these same unfriendly spirits lest they recognised you and called you to the Otherworld before your time. Nervous living folk would attempt to appease the wandering spirit with gifts of fruit and nuts, which may be the origin of the ubiquitous treat or treating.
Very interesting read! Thanks for posting it! I like Halloween without the blood and chainsaws!
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#4 Aug 24, 2013
I luv Halloween, but Halloween stuff out already? We're still in August? That's really pushing it.

I guess Thanksgiving will just disappear all together then. Go right to Christmas. Hardly see any Thanksgiving decor out now as so as it is.

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