Samhain

Summer's End

Location: Islington Unitarians (Unity Church) London N1 2TZ
Start Date: 30 October, 2009 at 07:30
Finish Date: 30 October 2009 at 09:30
Leader: Andrew Pakula (View profile)
Cost: £5 donation

In the Celtic tradition, the festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest. In medieval Ireland, Samhain was the principal festival, celebrated at the royal court for three days. Ritual bonfires were set alight atop hills all across Ireland. A modern version of the festival continues in some of the traditions of All Souls' Day and Halloween.

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According to Celtic lore, Samhain is a time when the boundaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead become thinner, at times even fading away completely, allowing spirits and other supernatural entities to pass between the worlds to interact with humans. Samhain is considered by most Wiccans as a celebration of death and of the dead, and involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. As we celebrate Samhain, we will mark the change in seasons and to remember those who are no longer physically with us but continue to shape our lives. Amid the symbolic flames of the festival, we will share words, chanting, music, silence, candle lighting, and a candle-lit labyrinth walking meditation. The celebration will end with feasting. Please arrive by 19.20.

 

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