Happy (almost) Halloween

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween. Unknown

I think it’s interesting that Halloween had its origins in the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Saints’ Day. In ancient times November first was the new year. 

During the Celtic festival, it was believed the souls of those who had died returned to visit their homes, and those who had died during the year journeyed to the otherworld. Masks were worn to avoid being recognized by ghosts and it’s in those ways that witches, hobgoblins, fairies and demons became associated with the day. 

When large numbers of immigrants entered the U.S., particularly the Irish, they brought Halloween with them. This year I’ll be Trick or Treating with my, partially Polish and Italian, grandkids; a rare occurrence these days. I’m so excited!

Affirmation: I embrace our rich history and the cute kids who love this holiday.

Coaching question/request: What traditions did your ancestors bring with them? Enjoy your Halloween!

My granddaughter, Marcella, is ready for Halloween (the bunny was recently adopted to his forever home).

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