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TsukiRyoko
10-04-2008, 01:28 AM
I know everybody celebrates holidays differently, and I'd be interested to hear how everyone celebrates Samhain, since it's coming up.

I'm the only Wiccan in my family, so celebrating with the family's out of the question, sadly. However, I have a family album that I'm always sure to flip through, remembering the loved ones I've lost and give thanks for having them with me once again on that special day. Also, I'm a real animal lover, and am always sure to leave past pets a little treat on the porch. Then, if I'm able to, I have a small circle with one of my friends (who I've been practicing with for a long time) to celebrate a bit more.

Start sharing!

Mr Flibble
10-04-2008, 02:33 AM
Personally I celebrate Einheriar more than Samhain. Cunningly it's also Remembrance Day when we have a two minute silence, so I like to think the whole country is being subtly converted :)

But I do A few little things, just for me. ( In our house religion is completely personal, so we observe in ourselves rather than outwardly) And the kids will be dressing up, bobbing apples etc. Ghost stories will be told.

Of course it comes so close to Guy Fawkes too, which is a BIG deal round here and enormous fun.

Chumplet
10-04-2008, 07:33 AM
Very interesting celebrations! I haven't had a chance to explore their roots, but it's cool stuff.

TsukiRyoko
10-05-2008, 09:31 AM
Gah, it's only the 5th! I can't wait a whole month, I'm too excited!

HeronW
10-05-2008, 10:18 AM
No Halloween in Israel but the kids dress up in spring for Purim. I think it's rather neat being this close to Isis and Bastet's pied a terre :} If there's no rain my partner and I may go across the park to the gazebo for a midnight celebration, just us, the dog walkers and the stray cats, oh and cakes 'n ale stuff too.

Not a whole lot of pagans here that I know of but the reverence for certain places transcends named religions.

Going to the Dead Sea was familiar, and last time I was there was 5000 years ago--it was bigger. Masada on the edge of the Dead Sea is a holy site by the peace I felt there, despite the tragedy.

TsukiRyoko
10-08-2008, 12:36 AM
No Halloween in Israel but the kids dress up in spring for Purim. I think it's rather neat being this close to Isis and Bastet's pied a terre :} If there's no rain my partner and I may go across the park to the gazebo for a midnight celebration, just us, the dog walkers and the stray cats, oh and cakes 'n ale stuff too.

Not a whole lot of pagans here that I know of but he reverence for certain places transcends named religions.

Going to the Dead Sea was familiar, and last time I was there was 5000 years ago--it was bigger. Masada on the edge of the Dead Sea is a holy site by the peace I felt there, despite the tragedy.
I've never heard of Purim before. COuld you elaborate more?

I would love to go to the Dead Sea! So lucky!

Carole
10-16-2008, 06:03 PM
This will be the first Samhain that Mr. Vagabond and I have been able to spend together in several years. I am SO excited!! We may do nothing besides watch scary movies and hand out candy, but we never get to spend our favorite holiday together, so I'm really looking forward to it. I'm even working on the foyer - painting the staircase and clearing out stacked boxes, power tools and my son's amp - so that when the little kiddies knock on the door, we won't scare them to death with the situation that is our house!! Haha!

Medievalist
10-31-2008, 02:56 AM
I'm increasingly impatient with attempts to label Halloween as "Satanic," and in so doing, writers almost inevitably point to Samain/Samhain as the celebration of the "Celtic death god."

I've compiled an FAQ about Samain as an ancient Irish thing, and blogged about it here (http://www.digitalmedievalist.com/news/2008/10/halloween-samhain-and-such.html).

Sarita
10-31-2008, 04:59 AM
Whoa! I read the first half and can't wait to get a project off my desk so I can read the rest. So interesting. Thanks, Lisa!

TsukiRyoko
10-31-2008, 07:26 PM
Happy Samhain, all :)