This is one of the biggest and most important festivals of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that this was the time of the year when the veil between the living and dead was the thinnest, the dead walked the earth, and it was also the time that those that dead during the year pass over. People use to gather to sacrifice animals, fruits and vegetables. Fire that were lit at the time had a dual purpose, of either helping those who have passed to light the way to the next life, but to also keep them away from the living. This is the time when anything goes, ghost, demons, and fairy are all out causing mischief. Over time Samhain become Halloween, especially as Christianity was changing the shape of faith. It is believed that before St. Patrick etc. the Druids would lead an elaborate ritual for Samhain, as they were not the monks of Christianity, this ritual was deemed satanic. Knowing that it would be difficult to wipe out this holiday completely, Christianity set about changing it to suit their teachings. In 601 AD Pope Gregory the First, is now synonymous with taking the native beliefs and converting it to the Christian beliefs.
October 18, 2012