Incase you don't know(any bible thumpers who wondered on to this question) Samhain is the original name for Halloween, not All Hallows Eve & Not All saints Day.
In ancient times(& still carried over till today in some cases) the barriers between the living & non living world(or/& spirit & human, demon & human, the underworld & this world) were at their thinnest. Pumpkins were carved to scare malevolent spirits. Bonfires were lit to keep evil spirits at bay & to warm the good spirits before their journey to the underworld(since plants were rooted underground the ancients believed al life came from the underworld. When the plants withered, died, & went underground, they believed that the spirits were descending back to the underworld). They would also dress as skeletons, vampires, & other such whimsical creatures to either blend in with or scare away the spirits.
Herbs were gathered around this time to decorate the house & used as decorations in the festivities of Samhain as well as to cast certain spells.
During Samhain it was thought to be Pan's(God/Spirit of the forest) birthday & the Goddess' decent to the underworld(most commonly worship is the deity Diana). The ancients would hold certain gatherings to bid farewell to the warmth & honor the Goddess. They performed rituals to ensure that the warmth would be back the next year as well.
Also(& most commonly known) it was witches' new year.
Just a few fast facts about Samhain.
So, what are you guys doing on this holiday?
Any Christians wonder on this question?(If so I don't wont to here your nonsensical b*llshit about my holiday, so save it!) Lol 1_~
The Papacy, under Gregory III, moved All Saints Day to November 1st in the Holy Roman Empire because it was a better time of year for such a festival. Spring was an undesirable time to accommodate large numbers of pilgrims coming to Rome for All Saints Day...it was just after winter, and not much food to go around. November was better because it was just after the harvest. So, the switch was done mostly out of economic necessity.
There are some theories that in Celtic regions of Europe, All Saints Day was declared on November 1st in order to "Christianize" the pagan feast-holiday of Samhain. Many pagan holidays in Ireland, for example, were being replaced by Christian ones in the 8th and 9th centuries. But it's more likely that many Irish Christians began celebrating All Saints Day on November 1st because that's when the Catholic Church decided that it be celebrated, not because they wanted to replace Samhain.
I'm not jester_x
I'm just stating that I don't want any of them preaching to me, I'm so sick of that -_-
& thanks ^_^
Hmm, I didn't realize the first part of what you said9I mean I didn't realize that till you types it), it kind makes since. Though I've learned that many a times they tried & have replaced the pagan holidays, so it could be either or, or a matter of both. Never know. But thanks for pointing that out btw
Really the orginal origins of holidays have little impact on modern day culture & how it's celebrated. Have fun & best of luck to you 1_~
To silverwings, honestky, where do you think the harvest came from? The orginas are from the ancients! It's Samhain & Samhain still.
It is my understanding that Halloween is the high holy day for all who practice any form of the occult, and the children that ask for candy.. to them, it is fun.
To me, I prefer harvest festival.
13th I agree with your deff. of samhain is but dont stoop to the level of the christians that say only certin people can answer my questions. Your better that that hon .
...dressing up as a pirate and taking the kids trick or treating, of course.
The history of the day does not impact my enjoyment of it.
where do you think the harvest festival came from? answer Pagans
ok I understand that