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Celebrate Samhain

While Halloween attracts the most media attention, there’s more to 31st October than sweets and costumes.

For those who celebrate Samhain, it marks a passing of seasons, and a time when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest.

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Some choose to focus on remembering the dead, whether setting a place at the table for the departed (and giving them a little of all the food and drink, eating in silence for a ‘Dumb Supper’); creating an ancestors’ altar full of photos and memorials of departed loved ones; or simply sharing memories.

Others take a contemplative look at life, deciding what to shed over the winter months to make room for growth in the spring.

You could go on a nature walk and make an autumn wreath reflecting nature’s beauty.

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Apples have also got Samhain customs attached, with folklore saying both apple peel and pips can help predict your future spouse.

However you choose to celebrate, light a candle to help warm the chill night.

 

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