Samhain in the Celtic World

What does Halloween mean to you? Do the neighborhood kids come calling, begging for candies and other treats? Do you decorate the house with pumpkins, cornstalks, and skeletons? Do you dress up and pretend to be a zombie, pirate, or Highlander? The Celtic world has a slightly different take on this time of year.

(Photo by Eric Badger)

Samhain is to the Celts, like All Hallow’s Eve is to us…a night before the 1st of November, a time to celebrate the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. You probably will not light bonfires and jump over them, to ensure the cows produce milk and the spirits keep away from your door, so enjoy the idea of Samhain.

(Photo by Eric Badger)

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One thought on “Samhain in the Celtic World

  1. paul1959

    NB. This is my pathetic excuse to duck out of my NaNo 2015 efforts for a few minutes of (relative) sanity … 🙂
    I belong to the Irish Celts and yes, there IS a difference! From our point of view, a Scot is an Irishman whose Dad had a boat … I can trace my Sept of the family back to an ‘honourable mention’ in the Book of Kells c.850AD LOL
    The Saffron kilt favoured in Irish tradition is far better for camouflage purposes than the multi-coloured Scot tartan version. As for what to wear BENEATH the kilt, we tend to be practical (outdoor weather) rather than macho and dress sensibly … !
    Back to NaNo … will chase up one of your books and add it to my growing stack of “to be read” list for enjoyment once this year’s Lemming Run is over!
    Paul McDermott

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