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Samhain (pronounced Sow-wen), also called Hallowmas, is the final festival in the Witches' year. It is celebrated on October 31st. The word Samhain means 'Summer's End'. It is the first day of Winter and the Witch's New Year. In earlier agricultural societies, Samhain was also the end of the Harvest, the time to put aside the seed corn for the coming Spring.
It was a time for feasting, too, as the weaker animals were culled and killed. Only the livestock most likely to make it through the hard Winters were spared. Feasts consisted of any parts of the animal that couldn't be salted and preserved. It was also considered by the Celts to be one of the Spirit Nights.
It was a time to remember the ancestors and tell stories about them. At this time, when the Veils are thin, we honor our ancestors and invite them to attend our celebrations. Decorate your altar with family photos and heirlooms.
Celebrate with a feast that includes lots of bread, apples, fall vegetables, and a jug of cider or wine. Set your dinner table, with a place for each family member, and one extra plate for the ancestors.
And as the evening comes, I will greet the Trick or Treaters in my witch costume with plenty of good treats and lots of Halloween decorations
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