WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND A BLESSED SAMHAIN!
SAMHAIN: THE ANCIENT CELTIC FESTIVAL THAT SIGNIFIES THE END OF SUMMER (THE LIGHT HALF OF THE YEAR) AND BEGINNING OF WINTER(DARK HALF OF THE YEAR) IT WAS BELIEVED THE VEIL BETWEEN THE LIVING AND OTHER SIDE THINNED ON THIS DAY AND SPIRITS CROSSED OVER AND WALKED AMONG THE LIVING. IT WAS A TIME TO HONOR ANCESTORS AND LOVED ONES WHO PASSED.
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Halloween was also a time, when spirits might give messages to people. In some areas, it was traditional for unmarried girls to pour molten lead into water. The shape that the lead took when it hardened was seen as a clue to the professions of their future husbands.
A traditional Scottish form of divining one’s future spouse is to carve an apple at the stroke of midnight on Halloween in one long strip, then toss the peel over one’s shoulder. The peel is believed to land in the shape of the first letter of the future spouse’s name.
Unmarried women were told that if they sat in a darkened room and gazed into a mirror on Halloween night, the face of their future husband would appear in the mirror. However, if they were destined to die before marriage, a skull would appear.
Trick or treating
The tradition of dressing in costumes and trick-or-treating may go back to the practice of “mumming” and “guising,” in which poor people would disguise themselves, not only to hide from evil spirits, but so they could go door-to-door, asking for food. Early costumes were usually disguises, often woven out of straw, he said, and sometimes people wore costumes to perform in plays or skits.
The practice may also be related to the medieval custom of “souling” in Britain and Ireland, when poor people would knock on doors on Hallowmas (Nov. 1), asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead.