Where did Halloween Come From?
In some parts of the world, October 31 is the day that we watch out for traces of long-gone souls. They are on the march to those places beyond us, the living. (Boo! Take that! Just kidding…)
Samhain, celebrated long by the Celts in Ireland and Scotland, is the origin of Halloween.
This was the time to clean the graves of your ancestors (sort of like the Day of the Dead, Nov. 2) and to pay any debts you owe. It’s also the time to remember those who came before you.
How can you celebrate? Those who retain this practice go to a river, creek, the ocean–any place there is water. (We don’t know if swimming pools count.) So, do this. Now, say the names of your relatives and friends who have crossed over. As you’re doing this, toss a leaf or branch in the water with each name. This gives them a boat to float down the river of all souls past.
Now, look in the water and listen for the voices of a loved one gone. They may have secrets to impart or stories to tell.
Most importantly, this is a time to clean house, emotionally. Make peace with others and yourself. Forgive and forget past wrongs. You have the power to make your world right.
The end of this ceremony is a quiet meal of abundance with friends and family–all the people you love best.
Happy Samhain and Merry Halloween from the Crew at Authentic Ireland Travel!