It’s that time of year again. No, We’re not talking about the one that involves jingle bells and a fat guy dressed in red. We’re referring to the most ancient of holidays, Halloween, or Samhain. Yes, we realize that typically Christmas is collectively adored in the world, but there’s just something so enticing about this holiday. Here a few of the many reasons why Fall/Autumn/Halloween is our favorite time of year.
1). Mother Earth, herself, reacts to it, embellishing herself with rustic colors and allowing us to use her for our own decorations. Gourds, berries, leaves, dead limbs. Leaves fall, colors change, the wind cools and the crisp smell in the air, just makes us feel more at one with her. It’s almost as if the earth has traveled back to a time long ago, when things were dark and mysterious. When witches didn’t seem so fantastical, and myths of creatures that go bump in the night, weren’t legends at all.
2). Samhain is the Gaelic festival that celebrates the withering of the earth in anticipation of it’s death and rebirth. It’s been distorted, commercialized, misinterpreted, reinterpreted, but the formula never strays as it is known universally as the one day a year when the barrier between the spiritual world and our realm thins. It’s in that brief and magical moment, that the lines blur and dark possibilities become hauntingly real.
3). It’s for the kid in you. Don’t deny it! You know you dress up. Way back when, costumes, (ceremonial masks) were used to blend in with the spirits as a way to keep them at bay. It was also to celebrate the dead and rejoice in the life they once had, and the one we’re so grateful for. We always viewed it as a way to embrace the darkness, and the savagery of the earth. You can shed that humanity, break that line of reality and lose yourself. Now, whether you’re channeling zombies, werewolves, vampires, or a sexy witch, costumes are a must during Halloween. It’s a way to escape this mundane life, live in the world of make-believe, and if only for a second, escape into another world and time.
4). The food. Pumpkin pie, turkeys, cranberry sauce, stuffing. Everything that makes you feel warm and comforts your stomach and feeds your soul. It’s a homey style of food. And even the spices feel dark and earthy. Summer and spring are fresh foods and light tastes, while fall is for the heartier and richer varieties.
There are too many reasons to list, but we hope that you all see the beauty in a holiday and season that tends to get the short end of the stick. Hope you all have a safe Halloween, a wonderful Thanksgiving and a happy fall.
And do please let us know, what you love about fall and Halloween. Remember, let yourself go, think young and don’t be afraid to embrace the season.