Happy Samhain!!!

Happy Samhain!!! Or for those who don’t know what it is – it’s Halloween before it was commercialized 😉

Fruit stall in peruvian grocery shop

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 🙂 !

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4 thoughts on “Happy Samhain!!!

  1. Thanks for sharing that information. Good to know from where it comes from. In India, we don’t have Halloween but yes, now that each country is open to accepting festivals from across borders there are event, office competitions organized. Carving pumpkins and dressing up is fun 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 ! I wish my workplace did a dress up thing as well 😉 I’d love to do that 😀 We do usually carve white turnips though. Children across the country do so as well and walk in a procession in the dark with a candle holding the turnip – I love watching those!!! ❀

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  2. Like you, I enjoy learning where our customs/traditions come from. Here in Sydney, Halloween isn’t a big thing, but you’ll still find people dressing up and going to parties or going trick or treating. Love the idea of having a candle-lit procession in the dark 🙂

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    1. Really? Very interesting… So from the states it has reached Europe and probably will reach Australia in a few years or so, maybe? Thanks for sharing, I didn’t know and it’s very interesting 🙂 !!!

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