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October 31st is Halloween, and it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the ancient pagan holiday. Known as Samhain by many pagans, this festival represents the close of one year and the start of another.
It’s also seen as a time when the veil between our world and other worlds is thinnest, allowing those with intuitive gifts such as clairvoyance or tarot reading to access deeper realms.
How you celebrate Halloween is up to you, though it’s customary to dress in costumes that reflect your inner self or scare off demons and evil spirits.
Honor The Dead
Some pagans believe that the dead join us on Halloween, so they will engage in rituals honoring their ancestors. Rituals can take many forms, but they are often performed outdoors in a sacred space.
Often the sacred space is marked with sacred symbols to represent the elements of nature, such as a pentagram for earth, a candle for fire, salt for water and so on.
Yet for pagans, Halloween is a time to celebrate the cycles of life, death and rebirth through rituals to honor the dead. Samhain is even considered by many witches to be the start of the new year.
Some perform divination that day or even ritual magic, while others might celebrate by sitting around a bonfire with friends and family talking about the year just passed and looking forward to the coming year.
The point of Samhain is to take stock of where you are in your life over past months and note ways you can improve yourself moving forward into next year. It’s also a time when you can pay tribute to those who have passed on before.
Some traditions are closely tied to the foods that are served. For example, some pagans will leave treats on or near their doorsteps for trick-or-treaters, while others will place them on graves of loved ones.
It’s also traditional to serve dishes made with apples. Many believe this tradition stems from pagan times when various seeds were baked in apples in order to store them for the winter months when food was scarce. It was also believed that by consuming this food, you could gain immortality in some way.
In many places, it’s also common practice for participants to carve Jack-O-Lanterns from pumpkins. In ancient times, Jack was a practitioner of black magic who turned people into animals and made them suffer until he was tricked by a man into going to England where he became lost in a dark forest called “haunted” because it was filled with spirits of the dead.
Making Jack-O-Lanterns gives you lots of yummy pumpkin seeds to roast and eat, too! Pumpkin seeds represent fertility and prosperity, so they are often eaten during Samhain.
Celebrating Halloween Like A Witch Isn’t That Much Different From How Everyone Else Celebrates
So while many pagans celebrate Samhain, Christians and others do it too. While the traditions may vary a bit from group to group, it’s safe to say that all religions celebrate a variety of holidays.
This is not a case of “you do it my way, or you don’t do it at all” but rather a matter of how each person chooses to interpret their religion and what kinds of activities they engage in on holidays.
Hopefully this article has helped you learn more about how pagans celebrate Halloween and will allow you to honor your own ancestors and your pagan practices by doing so.