Happy Samhain!

Halloween full moon between tree branches
Halloween full moon between tree branches
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Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the traditions we do at Halloween? Why we wear costumes and carve jack-o-lanterns? It all originated from the pagan Celtic traditions of Samhain.

Pronounced “sow-win”, this celebration marked the time of year in the Celtic calendar where the Celts celebrated the upcoming harvest and the end of summer. According to History.com, it was believed to be the time of the year where the supernatural roamed the earth, where the spirit world and the human world united.

So, what traditions do we still celebrate today that originate from Samhain?

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Brya Bromfield

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