Happy Samhain!!! Or for those who don’t know what it is – it’s Halloween before it was commercialized 😉
Halloween (Samhain) is an old celtic tradition – it was the date marking the end of the harvest season. A celebration was held and fires / candles were lit – often in carved pumpkins, so symbolize the beginning of the darker winter season. It was also believed that the boundaries between this world and the world of the dead was particularly thin on that evening. People started disguising themselves as dead so that if the ghosts would cross the boundary and try to scare them, they would not recognize the living.
The pagan tradition was brought over to the States with the emigration of the many Irish people during the potato famine. From there, it evolved onto the English word “All Hallow’s Eve”, eventually becoming “Halloween”.
I think it’s fun (and also important) to understand where our customs come from and what they actually mean. Over here in Switzerland, the Halloween Parties and Trick and Treating events are slowly becoming bigger. Most people alas just go along with it and think it’s just an American thing…
I intended to post this close up picture I took a few weeks ago of a big ugly hairy spider for you. I can’t deal with looking at the picture though, so I stuck to one of my Weekly Photo Challenges (“Orange“) entries and share this lovely pumpkin found in a Peruvian supermarket during fall season. Isn’t he adorable 🙂 ?
Do you celebrate Halloween or have a custom around this time of year in your country? Please do share it with me – I’d love to hear all about it 🙂 !