WRITE A POST IN RESPONSE TO TODAY’S ONE – WORD PROMPT.
Coincidence that today’s prompt is EERIE when it is HALLOWEEN! I think not!
“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty, and paucity, life and death, HALLOWEEN is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.”
The Samhain had three distinct traditions. Firstly it was an important fire festival, celebrated over the evening of October 31st and throughout the following day. The flames of old fires had to be extinguished and ceremonially re-lit by druids.
It was also a festival not unlike the modern New Year’s Day in that it carried the notion of casting out the old and moving into the new.
To our pagan ancestors, it marked the end of the pastoral cycle- a time when all the crops would have been gathered and placed in storage for the long winter ahead and when livestock would be brought in from the fields and selected for slaughter.
But it was also, as the last day of the year, the time when the souls of the departed would return to their former homes and when potentially malevolent spirits were released from the otherworld and were visible to mankind.
This is very fascinating I now get where the thought came from that on Halloween the veil between life and death is at its thinest and the spirits can come and go as they please. I totally respect the Celtic reasons behind these celebrations. I am kinda glad that it has been reduced to nothing more than a night of trick or treating.( You know for the kid’s sake). I have seen way too many ghosts in my day to let them bother me while trying to have fun with the kids.
It is amazing these traditions we have but be leery. If you don’t believe in ghosts, you better start believing because they believe in you. Who know we could see one tonight.