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I’m having a hard time remembering that it’s actually Beltane here.
With a rumpus room decorated with scary things from Son 4’s Halloween party yesterday and candles in jack-o-lanterns on the front verandah so the trick-or-treaters know to call here tonight, the ‘feel’ of the season is kinda confused, LOL.” The names Samhain and Halloween both refer to more or less the same Autumn celebration which started in the northern hemisphere.
It was traditionally believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth until All Saints Day, and All Hallow’s Eve provided one last chance for the dead to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving onto the next world.
To avoid being recognised by a soul, Christians would wear masques and costumes to disguise themselves, following the lighted candles set by others to guide their travel for worship the next day.
Today, this practice has been perpetuated through trick-or-treating.
[Wikipedia] Halloween’s never been a big thing in Australia and until more recent years it wasn’t celebrated here at all. A lot of people here think it’s un-Australian and object to it.
Falling on November 1st and 2nd respectively, collectively they were a time for honoring the Saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach heaven.
So, plenty of time to get back into the swing of things!
The Spring weather here is also great for pool parties — a little different to the colder weather of the traditional Halloween.
Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced )”, derived from the Old Irish Samuin meaning “summer’s end”.
Samhain was the first and by far the most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Irish and Scottish calendar and, falling on the last day of Autumn, it was a time for stock-taking and preparation for the cold winter months ahead.
There was also a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen.
Everyone who attended had a fantastic time and we had a lot of fun making our masks, wands and staffs (I’ll save photos of mine for a future blog post).