October 4, 2020
It is time to get spooky! Samhain is October 31st, and it’s a very important day for us witches. Samhain is the very last harvest of the year, and it’s also commonly known as, “The Witch’s New Year.”
Samhain is originally a celtic festival that occurs on October 31st and November 1st, which signifies the halfway point between the Autumn Equinox and Winter solstice. New beginnings are on their way so we decided to celebrate.
Witches use this time to celebrate the coming of winter, as well as the thinning of the veil. At this time of year, the veil between the living world and the dead is at its thinnest. Because of this, most witches will perform spells that involve contacting the dead or summoning spirits. ‘Tis the season, after all!
Here are some ways to celebrate Samhain:
- Decorate your altar with leaves, acorns, red/green candles
- Honor the dead by remembering them or leaving offerings on the night of Samhain
- Honor your ancestors with offerings
- Make bread
- Carve pumpkins
- Have a bonfire
- Have a feast with your family
- Music and dancing
You might ask why Halloween and Samhain fall on the same day. The explanation is not so simple and extremely controversial. But the answer: Christianity.
Paganism is a pre-christian religion that ended during the Christian takeover. In order for Pagans to convert to Christianity, many celebrations and rituals were adopted (Halloween, Christmas, Easter). This is why the two religions are so similar when it comes to dates and practices. To learn more about this, tune in next week and don’t forget about the witch’s new year!