Samhain Celebration - POTLUCK (enter your food/drink offering as you RSVP)

Our 'halloween" party. Costumes encouraged. Fabulous prize awarded to best costume.

Costume contest; possibly karaoke. Kid's games. It's a POTLUCK, so bring a dish and drinks to share.

Samhain is pronounced SOW (like the pig) WHEN. It's Irish.

from Wikipedia:

Samhain is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature. Many important events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain. It was the time when cattle were brought back down from the summer pastures and when livestock were slaughtered for the winter. In much of the Gaelic world, bonfires were lit and there were rituals involving them, as at Beltane. People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.  Samhain (like Beltane) was seen as a time when the 'door' to the Otherworldopened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings, to come into our world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. It has thus been likened to a festival of the dead. People also took steps to protect themselves from harmful spirits, which is thought to have led to the custom of guisingDivination was also done at Samhain.

It was popularized as the "Celtic New Year" from the late 19th century, following Sir John Rhys and Sir James Frazer. It has been linked with All Saints' Day (and later All Souls' Day) since the 9th century, when the date of that holiday was shifted to 1 November. Both have strongly influenced the secular customs of Halloween.

Samhain is still celebrated as a cultural festival by some (though it has mostly been replaced by Halloween) and, since the 20th century, has been celebrated as a religious festival by Celtic neopagans and Wiccans. Neopagans in the southern hemisphere often celebrate Samhain at the other end of the year (~31 April–1 May).

 

 

 

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  • Steve B.

    Joan wins the prize as Top Performance in the role of costumed karaoke singer. Congrats and enjoy your movie pass.

    October 28, 2012

  • Rachel H.

    I will post pictures later today.

    October 28, 2012

  • Rachel H.

    Thanks to everyone who came to the Samhain party, and to everyone who helped with clean up. It was much appreciated. I hope y'all had a good time. Hopefully, we can do it bigger and better next year!

    October 28, 2012

  • Eric #.

    May the karaoke videos ne'er be seen!

    October 28, 2012

    • Rachel H.

      Don't worry. The video is safe with me although I thought it turned out quite good. I will send it to you. Maybe you will change your mind.

      October 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A BIG thanks to Steve and Rachel for all the great work in putting together
    a fun evening!!!!

    October 28, 2012

  • Rachel H.

    Robert, it looks like we could use a salad and maybe some water. Jerrie, fried chicken sounds great

    October 27, 2012

    • Robert M

      I will bring both

      October 27, 2012

  • Rachel H.

    Y'all get ready to karaoke!

    October 27, 2012

  • Rachel H.

    Mary, it is free. Just bring a pot luck item, and let us know on your RSVP what you're bringing. See ya there!

    October 22, 2012

  • Georgellen B.

    I will bring some soft drinks and ice.

    October 22, 2012

  • mary b.

    Rad! Assuming this is free?

    October 22, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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