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Samhain Approaches

Most people know “Samhain”  as Halloween.

The celebration takes place to mark the end of harvest and for Pagans it is also the time to honor our ancestors. With the last of the crops coming to an end as the days get shorter and the air also becomes cooler and thinner, we give thanks to our departed and ask that they watch over us in the long winter to come. Many cultures know this day and celebrate it as the, “Festival of the Dead”.

The word, “Halloween”  stems from the Roman Catholic Church who adopted November 1st as “All Saints Day (All souls day)” or “Hallowmas” as a day to honor all those saints who didn’t already have a day specifically dedicated to them.  And of course, it could not be understated that the choice of November 1st for this day was intended to capture Pagan membership.

The day before “All Saints Day” became known as “All Hallows eve” and is now regarded as Halloween.

Samhain is also a good time for cleansing and release. Say prayers to honor the harvest; loved ones who have moved out of our realm; and release decaying, negative emotions and situations. For an example of a few good prayers, click here.

Most importantly, celebrate life and have faith that the New Year will be better than the last.

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Posted by on October 3, 2011. Filed under Featured,Festivals. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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