Samhain is a time of great joy and union with a higher world.
At this time the spirits of the dead and those who have not yet been born join those of us living in the
material world. Ancient Celts provided food and entertainment for these spirits, inviting them to walk
among them in this festival in their honor.
Meaning of Samhain
Samhain is celebrated on a material as well as a spiritual level.
Materially, it represents a time of gathering resources for the long winter months that are coming. For those who
had a bad season through the fall, Samhain is a time to prepare for the perils that winter may bring.
Spiritually, Samhain is a time for reflection and meditation on death, and the honor of your ancestors who have
passed to another plane. It is an opportunity to be at one with your past, present and future. The Great Feast of the Dead is celebrated on Samhain Eve to offer tribute to those who
lived before you, and those who will come after you.
Samhain predates the Roman feast of the Dead, Lemuria, and All Hallow's Eve - the eve of the Christian holiday
to honor the saints, All Saint's Day. The secular holiday today is known as Halloween. All of these festivals, though called by different names, are celebration of the awe, communication with, and respect of the dead.