Samhain is nigh – the holiday widely recognized throughout the United States as Halloween.The word “Samhain” is Gaelic in origin, so its pronunciation may surprise you: it is “sow-in” rather than “sam-hain.”
This is the day that spirits may wander freely between the worlds, allowing us to unite with ancestors, communicate with the faerie world, and many other magical miracles that wouldn’t be possible at other times of the year.
Our family likes to celebrate Samhain in ways both magical and mundane. We dress up to go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with our wee ones, even as we brew invigorating spiced ciders at home, blessed and enchanted by the light of the moon. We light candles in honor of the dead and leave food for faeries by our back door.
This is also the time of autumn harvest, wherein we reap the bounty we have labored all year to produce. It is a time of celebration! Perhaps one of our very favorite times of year.
We look forward to celebrating the festival with our family, and hope you are blessed to spend the day with yours.