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    A time to celebrate and reflect.


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    Samhain

    Since ancient times in the Celtic culture, October 31st has been celebrated as a feast for the dead, and also the day that marks the new year. This time of the year marked the beginning of the cold, lean months to come; the flocks were brought in from the fields to live in sheds until spring. Some animals were slaughtered, and the meat preserved to provide food for winter. The last gathering of crops was known as "Harvest Home," celebrated with fairs and festivals.

    In addition to its agricultural significance, the ancient Celts also saw Samhain as a very spiritual time. October 31 is exactly between the Autumnal Equinox [September 20] and the Winter Solstice [December 21], and was considedred a very potent time for magic and communion with spirits. The "veil between the worlds" of the living and the dead was said to be at its thinnest on this day; so the dead were invited to return to feast with their loved ones; welcomed in from the cold, much as the animals were brought inside. Extra places were set at the table and food set out for any who had died that year. Ancient customs range from such placing food out for dead ancestors, to performing rituals for communicating with those who had passed over.

    All Saints' Day
    In the 8th century Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st All Saints' Day to honour those saints that didn't have a special day of their own.

    The Pope hoped to replace the pagan Celtic festival with a church-sponsored holiday.

    Over the years these festivals combined, the mass held on All Saints' Day was called Allhallowmass - the mass of the Hallows. The night before was known as All Hallows' Eve which eventually became known as Halloween.

    All Saints' Day is said to be the day when souls walked the Earth. In early Christian tradition souls were released from purgatory on All Hallow's Eve for 48 hours, and cakes and wine were left out for them.

    Three hundred years later, in 1000 CE, the church created All Souls' Day.

    May you night be fun and your God(ess) be with you.
    Last edited by Biggles; 10-31-2005 at 07:25 PM.
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    Nicely done Biggles
    Merry meet to you and yours
    Blessed be

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    no kids have come to my bunker to view the sacrificed choclate lamb
    it mybe because i have the Celtic music on too load and my girlfriend is screaming to to be sacrificed with martini's and .....olives

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles
    A time to celebrate and reflect.


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    There follows a very short (but educational ) potted history


    Samhain

    Since ancient times in the Celtic culture, October 31st has been celebrated as a feast for the dead, and also the day that marks the new year. This time of the year marked the beginning of the cold, lean months to come; the flocks were brought in from the fields to live in sheds until spring. Some animals were slaughtered, and the meat preserved to provide food for winter. The last gathering of crops was known as "Harvest Home," celebrated with fairs and festivals.

    In addition to its agricultural significance, the ancient Celts also saw Samhain as a very spiritual time. October 31 is exactly between the Autumnal Equinox [September 20] and the Winter Solstice [December 21], and was considedred a very potent time for magic and communion with spirits. The "veil between the worlds" of the living and the dead was said to be at its thinnest on this day; so the dead were invited to return to feast with their loved ones; welcomed in from the cold, much as the animals were brought inside. Extra places were set at the table and food set out for any who had died that year. Ancient customs range from such placing food out for dead ancestors, to performing rituals for communicating with those who had passed over.

    All Saints' Day
    In the 8th century Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st All Saints' Day to honour those saints that didn't have a special day of their own.

    The Pope hoped to replace the pagan Celtic festival with a church-sponsored holiday.

    Over the years these festivals combined, the mass held on All Saints' Day was called Allhallowmass - the mass of the Hallows. The night before was known as All Hallows' Eve which eventually became known as Halloween.

    All Saints' Day is said to be the day when souls walked the Earth. In early Christian tradition souls were released from purgatory on All Hallow's Eve for 48 hours, and cakes and wine were left out for them.

    Three hundred years later, in 1000 CE, the church created All Souls' Day.

    May you night be fun and your God(ess) be with you.

    You forgot to put in the part were the Celts ripped off Día de los Muertos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyMetalParkingLot
    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles
    A time to celebrate and reflect.


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    There follows a very short (but educational ) potted history


    Samhain

    Since ancient times in the Celtic culture, October 31st has been celebrated as a feast for the dead, and also the day that marks the new year. This time of the year marked the beginning of the cold, lean months to come; the flocks were brought in from the fields to live in sheds until spring. Some animals were slaughtered, and the meat preserved to provide food for winter. The last gathering of crops was known as "Harvest Home," celebrated with fairs and festivals.

    In addition to its agricultural significance, the ancient Celts also saw Samhain as a very spiritual time. October 31 is exactly between the Autumnal Equinox [September 20] and the Winter Solstice [December 21], and was considedred a very potent time for magic and communion with spirits. The "veil between the worlds" of the living and the dead was said to be at its thinnest on this day; so the dead were invited to return to feast with their loved ones; welcomed in from the cold, much as the animals were brought inside. Extra places were set at the table and food set out for any who had died that year. Ancient customs range from such placing food out for dead ancestors, to performing rituals for communicating with those who had passed over.

    All Saints' Day
    In the 8th century Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st All Saints' Day to honour those saints that didn't have a special day of their own.

    The Pope hoped to replace the pagan Celtic festival with a church-sponsored holiday.

    Over the years these festivals combined, the mass held on All Saints' Day was called Allhallowmass - the mass of the Hallows. The night before was known as All Hallows' Eve which eventually became known as Halloween.

    All Saints' Day is said to be the day when souls walked the Earth. In early Christian tradition souls were released from purgatory on All Hallow's Eve for 48 hours, and cakes and wine were left out for them.

    Three hundred years later, in 1000 CE, the church created All Souls' Day.

    May you night be fun and your God(ess) be with you.

    You forgot to put in the part were the Celts ripped off Día de los Muertos.

    Not to mention the haggis chimichangas
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    We've given out about 60 bags of misc garbáge so far. Not a bad year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPaul
    We've given out about 60 bags of misc garbáge so far. Not a bad year.
    I am a little concerned that projectile vomitting may be an issue later with SGG. She appears to have done rather well too.
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    I'd rather be there than here.

    Halloween has lost any appeal it ever had for me; a regimented two hours for the trick-or-treating and it's over before/at dark.

    The perverts have ruined it for everybody-tainted candy, preying on the children; my kids never knew what Halloween really was.

    Sounds like an adult could enjoy All Saints' Day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles
    Quote Originally Posted by JPaul
    We've given out about 60 bags of misc garbáge so far. Not a bad year.
    I am a little concerned that projectile vomitting may be an issue later with SGG. She appears to have done rather well too.
    You speak as if projectile vomiting is a bad thing.

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    They were so polite around my way.. We had a big bowl of sweets all prepared, we had 3 gangs of trick-or-treaters who just took one or two each, rather than a big handful, so we've still got loads left....

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