View Poll Results: What do you celebrate on October 31st?

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  • Winternights

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Thread: Halloween, Samhain, Winternights?

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    Halloween, Samhain, Winternights?

    October 31st is - at least in America and more and more also in Europe - well known for Halloween. People dressing up as ghosts and zombies, monsters and other horrible creatures and spend the night with "trick or treat".

    For the Celts it was Samhain, Gaelic Samhuinn, originally "sam-fuin". It's celebrated since more than thousand years and marks the end of summer. The Celtic year only contains of summer and winter and at Samhain the old year ends and the new begins. Bonfires are lightened, the bones of slaughtered cattles were cast upon the flames and so on.

    The nights between October 29th and November, 2nd marked the beginning of the winter season for the Northern folk. Rememberances of the dead and one's ancestors were made during this feast. The so called Winternights (Vetrablot) was a ceremony of wild abandon; much like the Carnivale season in the Mediterranean countries, and it marked the end of the summer season of commerce and travel and the beginning of the winter season of hunting. Much divination was done during Winternights to foretell the fates of those entering the coming year. It was said that if one sat on a barrow-mound (grave) all night long on Winternights, one would have full divinatory, shamanic (galdr and seith), and bardic (skaldr) powers. Winternights marked the beginning of the Wild Hunt, which would continue until Walpurgisnacht.


    So what is your feast? What do you celebrate?
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    Nothing at all according to my calendar.

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    The only thing i observ on that day is all saints.A time to remember dead family and friends.I used to live right next door to a cemetery and on all saints it looked like a sea of candles lit by the relatives of those who are burried there.
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    Karachun, Korochun or Kračún is a Slavic version of Halloween as a day when the Black God and other evil spirits are most potent. It was celebrated by pagan Slavs on the longest night of the year, i.e., the night of the winter solstice (December 21).

    On this night, Hors, symbolising old sun, becomes smaller as the days become shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, and dies on December 22nd, the winter solstice. It is said to be defeated by the dark and evil powers of the Black God. On December 23rd Hors is resurrected and becomes the new sun, Koleda.

    Most scholars have derived this word from the Romanian сrасiún for Christmas, but a recently discovered Novgorodian manuscript makes the Slavic origin more probable. Max Vasmer derived the word from the Common Slavonic for "to step forward". In this case, Karachun may be translated as "the day which connects the old year with the new one". It is opposed to the summer solstice holiday, Ivan Kupala.

    In some Slavic languages, the word came to denote unexpected death of a young man and the evil spirit who makes life shorter.

    Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korochun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare_Gbg
    The only thing i observ on that day is all saints.A time to remember dead family and friends.I used to live right next door to a cemetery and on all saints it looked like a sea of candles lit by the relatives of those who are burried there.
    According to my calendar that is on November 5th with Nov. second being 'Alla själars dag'..

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    I don't celebrate anything for this 'holiday'. When I was a child, I had always wanted to do the Halloween trick-or-treating thing, but my mother was (is) a religious fiend, and apprarently, Halloween is evil ... so, instead of joining my friends for a fun-filled night of roleplay and candy, we would have a small family get-together for my brother's birthday, which is October 31st... mind you, it was really boring, as all of our childhood friends were out for the halloween festivities, and my brother and I were stuck at home with mom, the bible, and chocolate cake (which was the only highlight). Tough childhood, indeed.
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    Without asking, or warning, she snatches us up into her circling dance, and whirls us on until we are tired, and drop from her arms." - Goethe

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    Well it tends to dissapear due to halloween anyway.
    To live is to fight.

    To die is to give up.

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    Samhain. The Catholic Allsaints here is based on our pre-christian and celtic heritage. It's also the time to meet the forefaters on their grave.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt.

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    Both in a way. It's very much a Samhain type night on the 31st here, but we also have partying going on for a few days before and afterwards.

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    Being of Northern descent, have a wild guess.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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