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The festival of Samhain, Calan Gaeaf, of honouring the dead and the closing of the year

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Poetry

Kalangaeaf kalet grawn, from the Red Book of Hergest
Rituals

Samhain Rite : Tangwen’s Grove
Samhain Public Ritual : Awen Grove
Samhain Rite : Llyn Hydd’s Grove
A Personal Account by Louise
Autumn Song’s ceremony

The commonly used names for the cross quarter days are those in the Irish Gaelic. There are some alternative spellings, but in the main the first is pronounced sow-inn, meaning ‘summer’s end’. It is also seen as Samhuinn in Scots Gaelic. Calan Gaeaf is the Welsh/British name for the festival, meaning ‘the calends of winter’, the eve being Nos Galan Gaeaf. Other names used are Ancestor Night and the Feast of the Dead. In Christian tradition it is known as Hallowe’en, and stretches through the mass days of All Saints and All Souls. By the written calendar, the festival lies between 31 October and 2 November. Those who welcome the coming of winter by the changing weather, not the date, celebrate when the first frosts veil the ground. (Excerpt from Ritual by Emma Restall Orr)

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Samhain holiday festivals and celebrations will be going on all across the White World this year. Preparations are already underway.
Samhain approaches. The Celtic New Year. Our most important holiday.
The power of the Druids is coming back.
Samhuinn, as we say in Scotland, is fast approaching.
Last day of the year. The Druid New Year is only a few hours away.
Behind the scenes of Samhuinn with the Beltane Fire Society

By Laura Piper on Tuesday 22 October 2013
http://edinburgh.stv.tv/articles/242732-...post=12866

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It’s late afternoon in the north of the city and former barman Ian McLennon is talking to a frog.

His black leather jacket has a cluster of metal spikes at each shoulder, and his threaded jeans are decorated with mud and brambles as he lowers his head to the tiny amphibian nestled like emerald glass in his hand.

“Hey little guy,” McLennon says, smiling gently.

In just a few weeks’ time, the 30-year-old Canadian will have his face painted like a lizard and be sent through the streets of the city wielding a sword of fire.

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Twice a year, McLennon joins a small group of locals known as the Beltane Fire Society to celebrate ancient Celtic festivals involving flames, dancing and a rather liberal view on nudity and sex.
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Banned by the local church for over a century for being viewed as anti-Christian, the group re-formed in 1988 to put on their first official festival.

Christian groups were invited to attend and with support from local residents the festival grew. More than 18,000 people of all religions now gather peacefully each year to watch McLennon and his group perform on a hilltop above the city.

Today though, as a member of this still most secretive of groups, McLennon is out conversing with frogs and friends in a part of Edinburgh unknown to many of its residents.

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“We’re in Ravelston Woods,” explains grandmother of two Sandi Hunter as she delicately manoeuvres the little reptile from McLennon’s hand back onto the grass.

“We believe in the human connection with the environment you see,” Hunter adds. “We believe in treading lightly upon the earth - something that is often overlooked in our modern urban life.”
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Hunter’s hair, vibrant and dyed red as an autumn firecracker, catches on the briars as the other two members of this unusual little gathering follow her deeper into the woods.

Together, the group have spent the afternoon sitting in a stone cave just 10 minutes from the bustling city centre, smoking roll-up cigarettes made by grandmother Hunter herself.

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Sandi Hunter is a published author on web design and works for a big marketing firm in the city. Beside her, a quiet, shy young man in his twenties is responsible for patient data at the National Health Service while next to him is a silver-haired gent who works as a wind profile predictor for the National Grid.

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“I predict wind patterns for wind farms so they can produce the most energy,” he explains, as Hunter passes round yet another expertly rolled cigarette.

“We have all got or have had your normal 9 to 5 office job,” grins McLennon. “Before I came to Scotland I worked in the vast Tar Sands of Northern Alberta, Canada. They are one of the largest remaining deposits of oil in the world – just desolation as far as the eye can see.”

It’s this desire to be part of nature instead of destroying it that seems to bind this small group together.
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“We’re forming our plans for our next festival of Samhuinn,” Hunter explains.“It is the time of the changing seasons, of the battle between summer and winter.”

“Everyone is welcome to join us,” adds McLennon. “We put on this festival for the city and they are invited to share in it. On Oct. 31, there will be dancers, drums and fire swords, and we’ll be there in the shadows ready and waiting.”

To get your tickets for the Beltane Fire Festival you can visit the group's own webpage and to give you a sneak peak of what to expect, here are a few of our STV clips from Samuinn 2012.
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http://beltanefiresociety.wordpress.com/...-festival/


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Hill of Ward (Tlachtga), County Meath - The Birthplace of Halloween

Samhain, the ancient Celtic Festival that we now call Halloween, originated here in Co. Meath more than 2,000 years ago. Samhain marks the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts believed that this was a time of transition, when the veil between our world and the next came down, and the spirits of all who had died since the last Oíche Shamhna (Night of Samhain) moved on to the next life.

One of the main spiritual centres of the ancient Celts was located on top of the hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward, near Athboy, Co. Meath. The druids felt that this world and the otherworld were closest at Tlachtga and it was here that the festival of Samhain, or Halloween, was started. The old year’s fires were extinguished and, after sunset, the ceremonial New Year Samhain fire was lit here. Torches were lit from this sacred fire and carried to seven other hills around the county including Tara and Loughcrew, and then on to light up the whole countryside.

Today, the old Celtic ceremony at Tlachtga has been revived and we mix the ancient past and the twenty-first century with a re-enactment of the Celtic celebration starting with a torchlit procession from the Fair Green in Athboy, Co. Meath to the top of the Hill of Tlachtga, at 7.30pm on October 31st each year.

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