October 31, 2015

Photo from: www.pioneerfarms.org
Photo from: www.pioneerfarms.org

Happy Halloween to all!

Have you ever wondered where Halloween came from? I know that I have so I had to look it up. I found a lot of different information such as: the Pagans started it, roman churches started it, and children in general started it by performing tricks in return for treats.

However the one that appears to ring true to me is the Pagans started it. Now I'm not talking about wicked witches or devil worship here, but people who consider themselves Pagan. These people are not evil or bad in any way. In fact most of the are just like you and me. This time of year marks the change from the warmer part of the year to the colder part of the year. Pagans celebrate this time of year with rituals. These rituals contain time with family, large feasts with the community, and celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. (I hope that if any find any incorrect information he or she would email me at renee@homeandlovingit.com to inform me of my mistake. I am going by what I have been able to find online).

Halloween marks the day that the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest point. So it is thought that communication with the dead and the celebrations of the dead will be witnessed by those that have passed on. Halloween started as Samhain (pronounced Saah-win or Sah-ween). This holiday was celebrated any time from October 31 to around November 6th. This marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the colder months. According to Circle Sanctuary, this is the beginning of the new year. It is a time to remember the dead and embrace life. You can find the full article from Circle Sanctuary here.


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