Samhain or Halloween?


Because the 31st of October is near, I thought it would be nice to write something about, the celebration of the Eve known widely as Halloween. Halloween is the typical name for that great celebration of the pagan and Wiccan religions. It is true name is Samhain, who was and old Celtic God and we will discuss about it bellow. It is a common phenomenon that day, kids to dress up like witches, Snap-Apple_Night_globalphilosophywolves, mummies and like other creatures that exist in fairytales, even in the imagination in anyone’s mind’ then walking by door to door and asking the famous question: “trick or treat?”, for exchange they are getting sweets from the house keepers in order not to be frighten by they dressed up children. But that is a modern tradition that establish around the 1940`s. The point is that the Halloween that we know today has that specific form totally different from its exact meaning and importance. So, what do we truly know about Samhain and even Halloween?

Let’s take things with a row. At first, the tradition of the kids that are walking from door to door asking for sweets, has started (?) in Great Britain and Ireland but with a total different character and even meaning. It was the known “Souling”. In the “Souling”, children and poor people, were visiting the houses and would sing and say celtic-halloweenprayers for the dead, while the housekeeper in return would give them cakes. That custom was really famous since the 18th century. It is easy to conclude that even during the 18th century the Halloween was an eve dedicated to the dead people and ancestors. With a few words, really close to its true meaning.

According to Celtic mythology Samhain was one of the Celtic Gods. It was the one that was related and worshiped as the God of the Dead, although some rumors of the Catholic church are disputing that and claim that is another chance of the pagans to celebrate. It hasn’t been established by accident the 1st of November as a day of

Invokation To The Crone At Samhain
Invokation To The Crone At Samhain

all saints. For the saints that didn’t have a day that their names would be celebrated already. That happened around the middle of the 18th century. The pagans that lived in the area used to celebrate the Samhain anyway, so the 1st of November suddenly appeared to be related with the celebrations of the pagans anyway. The masses which was said on All Saints’ was called Allhallowmas – which actually means the mass of all those who are hallowed. The night before naturally became known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually morphed into what we call Halloween. That is why we use the name Halloween.

The true meaning of Samhain is total different and much deeper than that. The Sabat of Samhain is believed to be the most appropriate day to honor the ancestors that existed before you even do. That is of course why, the veil with the living world and the world of the dead is thinner than any other day of the year. So, according to the pagans that is the right day to contact the spirit world, if you willing to do it anyway. It is also believed to be the most dark day time of the whole year.

According tough to the Celtic diary, the sunset of Samhain is the begging of a new year. It normal such a thing if we consider that the autumn is getting to an end and the winter is coming. Which means that the earth is starting to die and the nature is also in a dying state.

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The days are having less light in that time of year while the nights are getting bigger. So, with the end of all nature related things for a season, comes the end of the year. That is of course related also with the day of the dead. That Sabat is to honor the dead in order not to have anything left to be done, before the New Year begins.

Whatever, it is Samhain meaning is, it is for sure a great and lovely celebration. For the pagans it is their day time to cast spells and contact the spirit world, reaching a high level of spirituality in that way, while for the rest of people is a way to spend money and haveSamhain_by_TristJones as well fun, they and their little kids. In my opinion it is cruel thing for anyone’s philosophy and religion to end up like a commercial celebration while in reality is such a sacred day. In anything that is religion related respect must be shown. In any religion. In the end wisdom and stupidity is two totally different things.

 

Nikoleta Vemvetsou

 

Nikoleta Vemvetsou is 19 years old and she is currently studying History & Archaeology in the University of Ioannina, which was a childhood’s dream as she recalls. She writes articles on various topics including history, arcaeology, literature, poetry and more, in many blogs, newspapers and magazines as well as her own poetry. She is the co-founder of Literatology and also a co-chief editor of the Literatology team.
Nikoleta Vemvetsou is 19 years old and she is currently studying History & Archaeology in the University of Ioannina, which was a childhood’s dream as she recalls. She writes articles on various topics including history, arcaeology, literature, poetry and more, in many blogs, newspapers and magazines as well as her own poetry. She is the co-founder of Literatology and also a co-chief editor of the Literatology team.

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