Oidhche Shamhna | 10.31.20

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Or, more appropriately as I am split down the middle Scottish and Irish (by way of Vikings, of course), HAPPY SAMHAIN! Alas, a brief history lesson: Oidhche Shamhna, or Samhain in Scottish Gaelic, is “a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Traditionally it is held on 1 November, but with celebrations beginning on the evening of 31 October, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. It’s believed to be the night where the veil between the living and the dead, this world and that, is at its very thinnest, and as such, spirits can pass between them. It’s always been my most favorite holiday of the year, and always will be. I haven’t been yet, but before I die I want to attend a traditional Samhain festival in Scotland and Ireland. Do You have any Halloween traditions beyond Trick Or Treating that you love? Share with the group.

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