We’re embracing new traditions this year. Halloween is something we’ve only just started to dabble in last year when we went to a couple community parties. This year we’re going to spend a little time learning about what exactly we’re celebrating on this day. Samhainn (sow-in) is the Gaelic word for “Summer’s End” and was the time that people celebrated the end of summer or the end of the harvest and the darkening of the days before the winter.
It’s also a time when people believed that our world and the Afterworld were closest allowing spirits to cross over and visit us. Many people took this opportunity to honour their dead loved ones. I think we’ll do this with pictures and stories.
Of course we’re going to carve pumpkins and roast pumpkin seeds!
We don’t eat commercial candy, avoiding the artificial colouring or flavouring so we wont be going trick or treating. We’ll have plenty of good quality chocolate (like we do any other day here) and we’ll probably do some sweet baking. Maybe some Honeyed Seedcake…
We’re going to two community parties where Lily and Leif can show off their new costumes. My mother in law sent a couple beautifully home made ones earlier this week. We were so excited to see what she made.
Leif is Dracula with his lined cape, cummerbund and pants. We’ll put a shirt and shoes on him on the day of.
Lily is a Geisha. Cam and I are joining forces to make her a pair of Geta sandals. Lily and Cam worked yesterday to build the base and I’m going to work today on the padded straps. I almost want a pair of my own!
I’m sure I’ll post more after the celebrations!