Hallowe’en or Beltane?

Hallowe’en or Beltane?
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In the Celtic Calendar, Sun 31 Oct is the festival of Samhain or Hallowe’en, the night before All Saints’ Day (ie All Hallows Eve), when the spirits of the dead are said to come around and the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest.

This day falls half-way between the Autumn Equinox and Midwinter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and so marks the beginning of Winter.

Hallowe’en was traditionally celebrated by bonfires, turnip or pumpkin lanterns, and wearing costumes to disguise oneself from the spirits around.

It marked the end of the harvest period as people went into the darkness of Winter.

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Maypole

In the Southern hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, this is the Celtic festival of Beltane, celebrated with flowers in full bloom marking the beginning of Summer.

Beltane was traditionally celebrated by dancing round the maypole, well-dressing, Morris dancers and other forms of fertility celebrations, including crowning a maiden Queen of the May.

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Whether you’re celebrating Hallowe-en or Beltane, enjoy the festivities!!!

 

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