October Rushes in to Frighten or Entertain?

Halloween

Pumpkins, Witches, bats…

Like this sign in my yard, October is filled with crazy things that kids and candy companies look forward to. Halloween is known in the Celtic community as Samhain. My readers are often unaware of the celebration’s strong Scottish connections. With Scotland’s beautiful yet harsh landscape, haunted castles, and superstitions, it is not surprising that Halloween first took root there.

My heroine in Heaven-sent Warrior is an American of Scottish descent, but my hero is French. Halloween is not a typical French holiday, although you might find carved pumpkins at the grocery store. The French translation concerning this holiday is “des bonbons ou un sort” (candies or a spell) or even “betises oufriandises” (mischiefs or sweets).

However you call it, this is a holiday that brings us the beauty of pumpkins, harvested red apples, changing leaves, and sweet-smelling wood fires. Enjoy these with a good book…    

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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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