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Author Topic: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos  (Read 12465 times)

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #30 on: October 31, 2011, 02:48:48 am »
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Bhuel Beannachtaí na Samhna oraibh!/Samhain blessings everyone!
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #31 on: October 31, 2011, 08:07:33 am »
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Bhuel Beannachtaí na Samhna oraibh!/Samhain blessings everyone!

 

Thanks for the translation, and same to you! :)

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #32 on: October 31, 2011, 10:07:55 am »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

Thought I'd drop a note, now my actual plans have crystalised;

1) I did the actual formal ritual bit last night - my first full formal circle cast in my apartment, some brief remembering of my beloved dead, and then a bunch of meditation work on what I'm leaving behind in the old year, and looking toward in the new year.

(There's a bit more about it on my blog at http://gleewood.org/threshold/2011/10/30/echos-over-time/)

2) Tonight, I have a briefer working, picking up two bits of deity work that are normally a part of my trad's Samhain work, but that I didn't do last night because they didn't fit into the scope of that work well.

3) Tuesday, I get a night off.

4) I'm staying up until just after midnight on Wednesday into Thursday to do my yearly ritual on the anniversary of my father's death. (He died at 12:17am on 11/3). Conveniently, it's my late night at work on Thursday, so I can do this without doing too much damage to the amount of sleep I get.

(In years where I can't make the timing work out, I do it earlier in the evening, but I really like honoring the moment of anniversary precisely when I can. My usual approach is to spend some time reading things he loved, rereading a letter he wrote me the summer before he died, and doing a divination reading.)

5) Friday, I'm driving down to Boston: one of my father's former colleagues is doing a performance using my father's translations, and I have a ticket for Friday night.

6) I then get to spend the weekend seeing various friends, going to a housewarming, and otherwise having a good time, which helps set the pattern for what I hope for this coming religious year.
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #33 on: October 31, 2011, 11:27:02 am »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

 I celebrate Halloween and Samhain.  I hang up decorations  on October 1st and for the whole month I watch horror movies.  On Halloween I give out candy to the trick or treaters.  I also give offerings to the nature spirits and deities and do a small ritual.
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #34 on: November 01, 2011, 11:03:14 am »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?


(Re-posted from another thread, as I didn't see this one first!)

I don't consider myself Wiccan, but I do celebrate Samhain (though I call it All Hallow's). For me, it is two things: the celebration of the meat harvest, and also a holiday of mourning. As for the meat harvest, since we're very low on money right now, we celebrate with a pot roast dinner; but in the future I'd like to purchase a free-range, organic animal from a local farmer and have it humanely slaughtered, and then spend the 31st helping to cut and freeze it. This would not be something I would enjoy, necessarily, but I feel as if it's important to have a connection to the food that I consume.

The second part of the holiday, which I'd call the holiday of mourning, treats the day much like the Mexican holiday of Dia De Los Muertos. My family spends some time at the cemetery, talking about our loved ones who have passed and telling stories that will help our children get a sense of who they were. We leave seasonal flowers to honor them. This is less a sad occasion then it is a repeating and remembering of family history. I also make a personal visit to the place where my two children who I lost before they were born are buried - they are very important to me, but much less so to others, so I prefer to make the visit on my own; I am still very much in mourning.

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #35 on: September 28, 2015, 04:53:49 pm »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

 
Us Brits don't go in for Halloween in such a big way as in America, or at least we didn't when I was a child.  I used to watch (and still do) a lot of American TV and was intrigued by the holiday, and jealous I didn't get to celebrate it in a similar way.  The first time I really went trick or treating was in my early twenties when I insisted we take my friends kids out!

But I can remember in school, I would guess between the ages of about 7 & about 9, making a single Halloween decoration as an art/craft project.  We never did it again following that one occasion (it's possible there were complaints from some of the parents!), but it triggered an even greater longing in me to celebrate this Halloween holiday, and ever since then I've always marked the occasion, even if only mentally.  I wonder if it is one of the ways in which my inner spirituality was trying to assert itself even back then, or something.  It was like it was one of those things that was speaking to me, or resonating with me, or however you want to think of it.

So Halloween is the one I've been celebrating, or at least internally marking, so far.  But I do intend to branch out.
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2015, 02:56:29 pm »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

 

We are celebrating Halloween with my son and dressing up with him. Plan on also making some treats whether it be cookies or pie, but something fall or Halloween themed. Plan on giving myself a tarot reading the new year and getting outside to connect with nature either camping or via hike.
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #37 on: October 01, 2015, 11:43:10 am »
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I celebrate Halloween and Samhain.  I hang up decorations  on October 1st and for the whole month I watch horror movies.  On Halloween I give out candy to the trick or treaters.  I also give offerings to the nature spirits and deities and do a small ritual.

 
This is me, basically. I decorate the first two weeks of October, though once a week I will do something to ¨freshen¨ up the altar. On the 31st after all the trick or treaters leave, I do an offering and a small ritual for the new year, like a clean sweep for my home.

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2015, 09:24:51 am »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

Samhain is my favourite day of the year. When I was younger I used to go out drinking with my friends but as it is a spiritual day for me I never enjoyed it.

Now I stay at home, set up an altar, say prayers and honour the dead, handle the trick or treaters, bake apple pie and then just relax with a few cans of cider under the stars or watching a movie if it's cloudy.
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #39 on: October 05, 2015, 09:17:28 am »
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Samhain is my favourite day of the year. When I was younger I used to go out drinking with my friends but as it is a spiritual day for me I never enjoyed it.

 
I´m pretty sure that that was a lot of people in their youth. Haha. Once you hit a certain age, you want to make the day your own.

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« Reply #40 on: October 09, 2015, 02:03:15 pm »
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Now I stay at home, set up an altar, say prayers and honour the dead, handle the trick or treaters, bake apple pie and then just relax with a few cans of cider under the stars or watching a movie if it's cloudy.

 
This sounds wonderful, Morrigan.

I typically celebrate by something along those lines, but recently ventured out of my solitary practice and joined a circle so will be honoring the dead, divining and celebrating Samhain with them this year. I'll likely still hold my own small ritual at home with my partner the next day, too. So many delicious things to cook and tarot spreads to read for Samhain!

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #41 on: October 09, 2015, 02:30:42 pm »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

 
I've actually been really thinking about this! What I think I'll be doing is decorating my dorm room in cheesy Halloween decorations and then stopping by the cemetery Halloween day (in the daylight, because I'm a superstitious chicken) to talk with Giltine for a bit. I'm loosely considering doing something for Ausir, but I'm not sure if Halloween has much to do with him. (Thinks)

Honestly, I've been really wanting to tie in "secular" holidays with my brand of  paganism, and I feel like this would be a really good way to start.

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #42 on: October 12, 2015, 02:23:17 am »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc...Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

At a secular/cultural level, Halloween. It's, frankly, like Christmas for me. It's grand, it's fun, and I love the atmosphere and mood. I love horror movies, and Halloween's become so framed around horror and fear over the past decades. It's great.

I still celebrate Samhain, but I'm transitioning to an approach based less in Wicca and Witchcraft, and more in Celtic polytheism. As part of me honouring my (Irish and Scottish) ancestors and their gods and traditions. I'm still working that out, but researching it is rather interesting.

As a Hellenistic polytheist, I have an interesting one. I know that there is no pre-existing Hellenic festival for the dead around October; at least not a Pan-Hellenic one, and I actively avoid the strictly-Athenian calendar thrown around most often in Hellenic circles. So, as I've noted in other threads, a lot of my Hellenic religious celebrations are based around the cultural celebrations of my polis and my country, just as a historical Greek polytheist would celebrate a highly localised festival calendar. So, Allhallowtide is something I'll be celebrating in a Hellenistic manner, as a festival of license and humour none too different from the Anthesteria. But rather than aimed partly around Dionysos, I'm more apt to frame it around the dead ancestors and the Heroes, and the gods who rule over the dead. It is a time of trepidation and fear, but also of ridicule and amusement to confront the power of death and mortality.

How I'm going to fit this into giving out candy to trick-or-treaters and then DM'ing a tabletop game Halloween night, I don't know...:whis:

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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #43 on: October 12, 2015, 08:32:42 am »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?

 
The Pagan's in the area have done a Day of the Dead ritual for several years now, and I am helping run it again.  We are a very diverse group, so it is a pretty eclectic ritual, but it is always fantastic.  We lay out an altar for the honored dead, and the hostess always reads a short piece to honor them and then we name our beloved dead.

Then we do our ritual, which this year will include three of us stepping in as the fates.  Last year we included stories or lessons we learned from those who have passed on.  After ritual, there is a feast, socializing time, and there is always chanting.  It is probably my favorite ritual of the year (and definitely our most regular).
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Re: Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos
« Reply #44 on: October 12, 2015, 12:25:09 pm »
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At the end of October/first days in November comes a collection of holidays themed around the Dead/Spirits/etc: Samhain in Celtic Paganism, All Souls Day in the largest form of Christianity, Día de los Muertos in Mexico, and Halloween in the US. Which (if any) do you celebrate? Why (and how) do you celebrate it?


I live in a majority Christian household, and I'm the lone pagan black ship of the family. So I basically I found it more convenient to just be secular. Although for me, I do honor the dead the day before or the day after Holloween because I'm so busy on the day with the trick-or-treating with the kids. I tend to keep most of my practices simple. I just light a candle and tell the dead that they are remembered and missed.

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