Wine & Words on Friday 13 October at 19:00

Samhain – Halloween – Dia de los Muertos – All Soul’s Day – All Saint’s Day

This is the time of year when the days are getting shorter, colder, crisper, and there seems to be a palpable electricity in the air.  The Christian church recognizes All Saint’s Day on November 1, but humans from every culture and religion across the Earth have honoured their loved ones and ancestors by performing ancient rites and celebrations, often at this time of year.

The Druids and Celts celebrated Samhain, which signified the start of Winter. They also believed that during this time, the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest, so communing with our loved ones was possible.  The Mexican people believed the same, dressing up in array of skeleton- type costumes, out of respect for Death.

Today, there are many parades and celebrations throughout the country, ending with trips to the cemetery to spend time with their deceased loved ones.

These are celebrations and feasts that we humans have practiced since our inception.

Halloween, October 31 is a modern reminder of our old rites. Today, the over the top revelry in every culture is a reminder to remember and bless our ancestors.

What do you celebrate and what does it mean to you?

Please bring something to share (sweet or savoury) and/or something to drink.

Time: 19.00

Please contact: Christine Rychlewski


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