is a Gaelic harvest festival held on October 31–November 1. It was linked to festivals held around the same time in other Celtic cultures, and was popularised as the "Celtic New Year" from the late 19th century Samhain and Samhain-based festivals are held by some Neopagans. As there are many kinds of Neopaganism, their Samhain celebrations can be very different despite the shared name. Some try to emulate the historic festival as much as possible. Other Neopagans base their celebrations on sundry unrelated sources, Gaelic culture being only one of the sources. Wiccans celebrate a variation of Samhain as one of the yearly yearly Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. It is deemed by most Wiccans to be the most important of the four 'greater Sabbats'. It is generally held on October 31 in the Northern Hemisphere, starting at sundown. Samhain is seen by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have died, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the dead are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the spring festival of Beltane, which Wiccans celebrate as a festival of light and fertility.
~Děkuji mnohokrát! Thank you very much! Много благодаря! Mange tak! Maraming salamat! Kiitos paljon! Merci beaucoup! Hartelijk dank! Puno ti hvala! Grazie mille! Labai tau ačiū! Liels paldies! Vielen Dank! Mange takk! Dziękuję bardzo! Muito obrigado! Mulţumesc foarte mult!Много благодаря! Σε ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ! Hvala lepa! Пуно ти хвала! Muchas gracias! Tack sĺ mycket! Велике спасибі! jazeelan or katheran~
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"Lughnasadh" (V.2) Copyright, 2012, by Lilipily Spirit & L.O.Hennig [link]
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Lugh, is a Celtic sun god whose name means 'light.' He was handsome, perpetually youthful, and full of vivacity and energy. Lugh's equivalents were the Roman gods, Dionysus and Mercury, and the Greek gods, Apollo and Hermes.
THE EIGHT FOLD YEAR
The eight fold year is based on an ancient European pagan calendar Wheel system that used the solstices and equinoxes to define times of the year to celebrate rites of passage among the clans. The eight points on the Wheel include the 'fire' festivals of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain, along with the festivals of the solar year solstices and equinoxes. These points mark the cycles of the year in the natural world (which were important to our ancestors, whose lives depended on their crops and livestock, and were deeply affected by the changing seasons and their vagaries), and are used today to reflect similar processes in our lives as human beings, as well as in our emotions and spirit.
LUGHNASADH [pronounced LOO-NAH-SAH], or Summer's End
"T'was on the day of Summer's End we scoffed veggies and bread, And said thanks to the god of Light who'd made sure we were fed. We danced a song of rain to ponds so we'd have more to drink, And leapt through the fire of good luck, to keep us from the brink."
- Poetry by L.O.Hennig (copyright, 2012)
Lughnasadh is the festival of Harvest Home, when ancient people gave thanks to the divine for the bounty of life after the first harvests had been reaped. The name of this ritual comes from the deity of Light, or Lugh, the Shining One. In ancient times, the light from the Sun was seen to triumph over cold winds and frosts, to nurture and mature the crops. In gratitude, the people gathered a tithe from those crops, and gave it to the Sun God. Baked bread and cakes, brewed beer and wine, and corn dollies, were created to honour these goods, and competitions were held to see who had grown the largest and best produce. Of course, someone had to eat it all for the God! So the people would dance and make merry to celebrate the harvest, and in being so alive, gave thanks.