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Thanks so very much Dagmar!! I think you are right! A lot of people don't know why they do what they do, they think it's just fun to do it.
Here they also started around that time, in the beginning there have been very few people following this new tradition, but today I've had at least ten visits to my door. :)) Halloween is also invading Spain. I think is very easy to adopt customs that involve having fun with the children, parties and lots of other fun, most people don't even know the history of Halloween, but they like the fun. :))
Thanks for the interesting story Hanne and a blessed Samhain to you and Bent. :))
Is it so??? I'm amazed!! They started on Halloween here about 8-10 years ago, and I think that it has come to stay after all - even here on the island. In Gudhjem they have all the town filled up with pumpkins and bales of straw and many events are planned i.e. Thanks so very much Ank!!
I like the puzzle, but this time I love your story more. Thanks for telling Hanne. There are harvest festivals in some villages. But it is not General. Something as Samhain or Halloween we don't have.
littlebuttercup, if you look at Wikipedia Samhain you will see that they say it's the end of harvest and the beginning of winter. Sorry!! You are SO right about the rest of it and I thank you for your comment!!
jffsr it's exactly so, when Christendom was started up they were wise enough to put their feasts on the same days as the old ones. Thanks so very much for your comment!
it is most interesting how the origins of traditions take from older traditions and are updated to changing times thanks
The Wheel of the Year is marked by 8 holidays: the two solstices, the two equinoxes, and the four cross-quarter days which are halfway between. Samhain is the last cross-quarter day of the year. For more detail, see Wikipedia, Wheel of the Year entry.
No, this is not a harvest festival. Samhain actually honors one's ancestors. The two harvest celebrations are Lammas (the third cross-quarter day) and Mabon or Fall Festival (the fall equinox). The first is in honor of the first wheat harvest, the second in honor of the grape harvest.
You are right, Jan, Samhain IS the old Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ?darker half? of the year. It?s halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It was the time when the cattle was brought back from the summer pastures and slaughtering for the winter took place. Bonfires were lit and there were different rituals with the celebrations. People would walk between two bonfires i.e. as a cleansing ritual. At this time the ?door? to the underworld opened enough for the souls of the dead and other beings to come into our world. Feasts were had and the souls of the dead were beckoned to attend and places set for them. Most people today consider it to be a lot of fun and with a nice lot of horror, but acually some people still celebrate it. Oh yes, it's the time when the Lord of the Woods - The Green Man - god of growth and fertility dies and returns to the realm of the dead, but he is reincarnated when "life" starts again. You can find many pictures of the Green Man if you google it. Some of them are absolutely wonderful! Thanks Jan!!
Hanne - Isn't Samhain the original harvest celebration? My understanding that it was a celebration of one of the equinoxes as well. From this cam All Saint's Day and later Halloween. Please tell us more. I could be way off base here!
Thanks - Great puzzle!