Monday, October 5, 2009
My Pagan followers will know all about Samhain, but my non-Pagan followers probably don't. Since it's coming up this month, and I'm getting excited, I think I should tell a little about it.
Ask any Pagan and most likely they'll tell you that they consider Samhain to be the most important of our holidays, and that it is also their favorite. And by the way, its date is October 31st.
Yep, it's the Pagan holiday that we get our modern Halloween traditions are from. It's the time of year when the veil is thinnest between the worlds, which is why Halloween is supposed to be spooky. Because it's when the veil is thinnest, it is also the time when we honor those who have passed away.
Don't ask me where the trick-or-treating comes from, though, because I don't know. All I can tell you is that I like it! :D
I know that there have been a few who have questioned whether or not Pagans should have fun with Halloween stuff, since Halloween is sort of a "rip off" if you well of our beliefs. Personally, I don't have a problem with it. Things evolve, and yes in some cases they evolve in a bad way, but I don't think there's anything wrong with Samhain turning into Halloween. Truthfully, I expect that I'll be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this year.