SAMHAIN Veil thins between two worlds
SAMHAIN, VEIL THINS BETWEEN WORLDS
SAMHAIN or Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead.
According to their calendar, the year began on a day corresponding to November 1st on our present calendar. The date marked the beginning of winter. Since they were pastoral people, it was a time when cattle and sheep had to be moved to closer pastures and all livestock had to be secured for the winter months. Crops were harvested and stored.
The date marked both an ending and a beginning in an eternal cycle. The festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year.
The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living. The veil between the two worlds is thinnest at this time and psychic abilities are at their highest peak. People gathered to sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. Cakes were made and tables set to invite the spirits of the departed to visit. They also lit bonfires in honor of the dead, to aid them on their journey. So on this Halloween, light a fire, have a feast and some cider and give thanks to all who have gone before.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween