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From next sunday to monday (31st October to 1st November) it’s Samhain or Halloween for those who prefer that.

Samhain which means summers end is an ancient pagan festival celebrating the Celtic new year. It is also the Irish Gaelic word for the month November. It is a misconception that Samhain is pronounced Sam Hane and is the name of a Celtic God of death. Samhain is pronounced Sow-en and is the last of three harvest festivals which makes it extra special, cause it is the beginning of the cold, dark and dangerous days of winter. Any food which was not brought in from the fields by the last harvest was left on the fields and not eaten. It now belonged to the fairy folk, and eating it would make you sick. Samhain is still observed by Wiccans and other Pagans for its spiritual significance in the Wheel of the Year, the cycle of holidays that mark transition points in the natural solar cycle. It is a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead are at its thinnest, a time for honouring the departed and seeing into the future.

When Christianity came they thought that it was a good idea to put the holiday where holidays already existed, and it was also an attempt to convert pagans and non-believers to Christianity. Many of the pagan traditions, such as Yule with decoration of the evergreen tree, traditions of spring equinox such as decorating eggs was adapted into Christianity with christmas and easter. The holiday of Samhain became All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day, now know as Halloween.

There are also several misconceptions and outright lies that are spread by religious fundamentalists about Samhain every year, in an attempt to get Halloween banned. One of them is that the holiday is of Druidic origin; the Druids were a priestly class of the Celts, but they were a very late manifestation of the Celtic religion. The Celts were practicing their religion for thousands of years before the priestly class of the Druids developed.

If you believe in spirits this is a great time to celebrate and cast some magick spells for love or protection. Otherwise it can be fun just to celebrate Halloween with its common spooky themes. I will honor the dead and well, what I do more is for the future to tell. I have not decided yet. But one thing is sure, I do believe in spirits and will celebrate them.

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