Samhain is an ancient Celtic festival that takes place every year at the end of October. Samhain is observed from sunset on October 31st to November 1st. It is the celebration that is the origin of Halloween. It marked the Celtic New Year, summer's end, and harvest season's end. As we journey deeper into the darker mysteries of Samhain, we mark the end of the summer season. On All Hallow's Eve, all the crossroads converge. The old year dies, and the new begins. It is also a time when the veil between worlds is the thinnest.
Create an Ancestor Altar:
Bring warmth and love into your home to embrace the bareness of the world. Samhain is associated with death and the underworld. An altar created to honor those who have passed can bring much-needed warmth and fond memories of those who are no longer with us. An ancestor altar can be for friends, family, or pets that have passed.
What You Will Need:
Cloth or veil to cover your altar area. You can choose the favorite color of your loved one or use fall-colored materials to set the energy.
Candles bring focus to your energy and bring light to your altar
Materials or gifts from your loved one
Food in some cultures is an essential part of the altar. If you feel it fits, add their favorite food to your altar.
Once your altar is made, you can honor your ancestors with a ritual. This can be a guided meditation or a simple ceremony of lighting candles. It's especially meaningful to remember and embrace your ancestors' spirits during this time. Sing their favorite songs, and tell stories close to your heart.