To me Halloween symbols the start of those long dark nights, Autumn leaves and autumn smells. So I guess I naturally follow more of the Samhain way of thinking.
What does Halloween mean to you? Does it mean ‘All Hallows Eve’ or Samhain? Is it just about the children dressing up or is it something more spiritual?
What is Samhain?
The Wikipedia definition is : “Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice “
What is the difference to All Hallows Eve?
All Hallows Eve is the Christian Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All Hallows’ Day (also known as All Saints’ or Hallowmas) on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November, thus giving the holiday on 31 October the full name of All Hallows’ Eve (meaning the evening before All Hallows’ Day).
To many though it is about Witches and Goblins, Ghosts and Gauls, dressing up and Trick or Treat.