Celtic Halloween Samhain
Have a Happy CELTIC Halloween!
Here are few memes and videos to get you into the spirit this Samhain eve. Just be careful which spirits you let in the door on Celtic Halloween!
A history of Halloween in Ireland:
Make way for zombies from Wales! Welsh band Peasant’s King just released a tribute to the ultimate Halloween video, Michael Jackson’s Thriller–that Danny has a dang good voice for a zombie:
Castle Ghosts of Ireland, an excellent BBC video, explores the bewitching castles of the Emerald Isle:
More castle ghosts for Celtic Halloween, rising out of Scotland’s bloody history:
Wales has its share of haunted castles, too:
For the ancient Celts, Samhain (sunset on October 31 through sunset on November 1) was a night when then the wall between our world and the Other World thinned, allowing their ancestors to walk among their descendants.
The thinning of the veil also allowed the fairies and fae to walk in the mortal world, though, so people took precautions to protect themselves. Guizing, or wearing masks to hide your identity, was one way to avoid the fairies. Lighting bonfires, dancing, offering sacrifices from the harvest, all were ancient Celtic customs that have evolved over the centuries into the night we modern Celts now call Halloween.
As Loreena McKennitt sings, tonight is for fun, but also for remembering our Celtic past: