Full Moon at Samhain
Samhain is one of the eight main ancient festivals in the Celtic Wheel. It marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year as well as celebrating the Celtic New Year. This is a time of letting go and releasing the old to die in order to be transformed. The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld grew thin and the dead could return to where they had once lived. Rituals associated with this festival involved providing hospitality for their dead ancestors. Food and drink were put out for the dead with great ceremony while windows, doors and gates were unlocked to give the dead free passage into their homes. As the two worlds collided ghosts, demons, and witches were also released from the underworld. To ensure that all evil spirits were kept at bay people lit bonfires to protect themselves from harm.
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