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I celebrate Samhain over the whole month but I think it is traditionally a three day period. As I understand it Samhain marks the days where the separation between our realm and the spiritual realm is thinner allowing for crossovers. To me this holiday has always been my favorite even over Christmas when I was a child and drooled over the presents. I know that Samhain is different from Halloween but I like both of them and they occur at the same time so I mix them.
I do the following over the whole month:
•I carve tons of pumpkins and rotate them out. Replacing the decayed one with the fresh ones.
•I watch all of my favorite and the new horror movies [I know it is really not traditionally a part of Samhain but this is when they show them all the time on television and when they release the big budget horror movies in the theaters].
•I also honor my ancestors in a different way than I do generally the whole year. I believe it is spiritually important to know my roots and that my ancestors who have passed over are still there keeping an eye on me and the rest of my family. Their pictures get a prominent place out front with Halloween decorations placed around them. This is an important aspect of Samhain to me because of the thinning of the veil between the worlds.
•I am a big Halloween fan so I go overboard in my decorations. I have them placed all around my yard and throughout my home. Especially, the gravestones and the skeletons because it not only serves as Halloween decorations but also serves as the images of death that Samhain represents. It represents the death of the growing season and the beginning of winter when the world (in more temperate areas) is either dead or goes into a hibernation period that mimics death.
•Since Samhain is a holiday that represents the end of the harvest I make special meals and bake with the fruits of my garden and fruit trees. Since, some of my garden and fruit had been harvested long before Samhain occurs I use what I have canned, dried, or frozen from the same season.
Samhain is one of my kids and my own favorite holidays ever!!!
Things we do to celebrate are:
Make breads, cakes, cookies, and other delicous food (especially our family cold veggie style pizza!)
Carve pumpkins into symbolic symbols and such
Make tea light holders to line the sidewalks out of old cans
Create costumes of choice or by imagination if the cloth and accessories are available to me and I CAN do it that is...lol.
Just making Samhain Crafts & Decor period are a great part of how we celebrate.
Plus most importantly I teach my children to go around and say Happy Samhain and explain an example of the story of Samhain to other parents and kids that question them too! :)
Hi i am new to this site and just wanted to say bless to everyone and have a great one
I spend the holiday season thanking the Great Spirit for the challenges, obstacles, lessons learned, and blessings for the year. Then My family and I each make a list of what we are thankful for, and what we want God and our spirit guides to bless during the next year. I do a thorough cleansing of the house, a washing of all of the linens and clothes, and then we cleanse our bodies with ritual baths. All in time to start afresh and anew for the upcoming year. What special day, Dec. 31, 2009, to spend the last day of the year on a full moon! Representative of all the blessings and lessons to be learned on the following year! Bless you all!
this year i celebrated the winter solistice the same way i have for the past two years. i do a very private ritual since my mother does not know about my religion or approve of it. she first heard i was after i was initiated in september of 2007 but to be able to still live in my home i had to hide it from her :( so i always do private rituals.
Hello everyone! Happy early Samhain! This year will be my first after losing my last living grandparent and my father a month apart. My grandpa passed last November and my father in December. I usually opt for large group ritual when it comes to Sabbats but this year I will opt for a private and very personal one. I was very close to my father and will use this opportunity to honor that bond. I am going to take a trip up in the mountains near where I live and have a simple ceremony with a good deal of reflection and meditation. Then home for feasting and celebration with loved ones. I am glad to have the knowledge and tools to honor my grandfather and father in this way. They will always be missed yet I know they have moved on to another level of consciousness that I one day will gladly join.
I have a rather large family ritual and then i am taking a small group of children to the nursing home i work at to put on a play for the residents there
Hi - I am new to this forum (though not to Beliefnet) and I wondered what others do to celebrate the next cross quarter day & what they call it & why (am trying to understand where different names have come from).
I will celebrate quietly with a small ritual but for other festivals I invite friends & party.
Le me know what you guys do.
I love the Celtic references - all the animal spirits. Very lovely poem - thank you for sharing :)
Prayer For Lughnasadh
You who fell from the silver wheel
endless stars light
keeper of the moon
nurture reasonable hesitation
bring out fruit from the efforts of heart and true
shine the light into the shadows
replenish lagging spirits
that we may tred straight with high purpose
bless those who fear
bless those who live in terror
bless the skittish colt
the frantic salmon
you call the raven
and the beetle
and the bark and the web
grant me boon
by the light of the moon
So Mote It Be