Halloween, with Thanksgiving as its precursor (here in Canada, anyway), is my favourite time of year. I love the otherworldliness, the endless possibilities of the imagination, the food, the excitement, the blurring of lines between that which is real and that which is not.
It’s probably the Celt in me. Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowe’en – it has been called many things through the ages – is the Celtic New Year, one of the most important festivals on the Celtic calendar.
It was the one night of the year that the Celts believed the lines between this world and the next were blurred. There were warnings about this night, that if you heard something behind you, you were not to turn around, for it was the spirits of the dead. If you looked back, if you saw them, who knew what would happen to you? Probably you would be scared to death, dragged back to the spirit world, or driven insane.
People dressed in costume so that the dead would not recognize them, and carried hollowed out turnips, lit with candles, as lanterns to banish some of the darkness.
It was also thought that on this night, one’s ancestors returned to roam the land (traditionally it would still be the family land) and that they may even enter one’s house and sit down to dinner with their descendants. Some would even set a place for them at the supper table or leave food for them on the doorstep.
Today the Daily Prompt asks, if bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?
At the Silver Leaf Journal, you would get a cup of strong, spiced dark hot chocolate for warmth and courage, a traditional jack-o-lantern to light your way, pomegranates to remember Persephone’s trip to the Underworld, a piece of barmbrack to tell your fortune, and other traditional snacks such as salted pumpkin seeds and toffee apples, to keep you well-fed until you made it home safely.
Happy Halloween, Happy Samhain!
Trick-or-treating at other bloggers’:
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