October 31st is the first of the Winter festivals once celebrating the dying of the light and the coming cold season. In the West it is typically known as Halloween, a contraction from All Hallows’ Eve, which is itself a Christianised version of the Celtic festival Samhain.
In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”) is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.” Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down allowing more interaction between humans and those who have passed over into the Otherworld.
Pope Gregory III (731 -741 AD) designated November 1 as a time to honour all the Christian saints. Over time, All Saints Day bled into the traditions of Samhain when the evening became known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
In the spirit of these two traditions, ancient and modern, I have two songs for your to choose your inspiration from.
Finally, here’s my effort .. please be kind 🙂
I groaned, stretched and rolled over coming to an abrupt halt when I hit the body lying next me.
‘Gerroff’, it grunted shuffling further away.
I rolled back to my side. Even after twelve months I still wasn’t used to sharing my space with another.
Lazily, I recalled the text from Michael before Mabon and our reunion at the festival that night.
We’d not slept apart since and tonight at Samhain we’d celebrate our handfasting by Jonathan.
I smiled and stretched and glanced over at the dress I’d be wearing.
‘It makes your eyes shine like sapphires’ Michael had said.