Happy Halloween and Splendid Samhain (pronounced Sow-en),
Samhain is the Irish new year. Everything begins in the void in darkness and the new year is no different. Right when everything gets cold and dark the new spring is developing underground in the land. Ready to be born at winter Solstice.
There are many traditions surrounding Samhain, the most well known of course is guising. That is getting into costume in order to blend in with the dead and other spirits who are visiting, since the veil between this world and the otherworld/afterlife is at its thinnest this season.
People light lanterns to attract or distract wandering spirits. They set out dinners for ancestors, and do divination on Samhain night.Young unmarried women would do divination with apples and mirrors to see who they might marry in the coming year.
Samhain is also a noted event in the story of the Morrigan. On Samhain, the eve of the second battle of Magh Turehd she coupled with the great god the Dagda to favor his side in battle against the Fomorians, an underworldly seamonster race.
There are many more such stories, but thats some of the basics I thought I would tell you before I come over dressed up as gods know what tonight with stuff to make some elderberry wine with you.
Kisses and love,