"Wiccans celebrate a variation of Samhain as one of the yearly Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year. It is deemed by most Wiccans to be the most important of the four "greater Sabbats". Samhain is seen by some Wiccans as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have died, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the dead are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the spring festival of Beltane, which Wiccans celebrate as a festival of light and fertility.Wiccans believe that at Samhain the veil between this world and the afterlife is at its thinnest point of the whole year, making it easier to communicate with those who have left this world."
"Samhain (/ˈsɑːwɪn/, /ˈsaʊ.ɪn/, or /ˈsaʊn/) is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. It is celebrated from sunset October 31st - sunset November 1st. It was observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Kindred festivals were held at the same time of year in other Celtic land. Many important events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain. Samhain (like Beltane) was seen as a time when the "door" to the Otherworld opened 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.
Recently I read an article [by a Christian writer] that stated they believed that Halloween waxs about - "celebrating the demonic trinity of: the Luciferian Spirit (the false father); the Antichrist Spirit (the false holy spirit); and the Spirit of Belial (the false son)." Nor do they things like candy corn as they believe that witches curse candy to bring hatm on the innocent. Obviously this person is mis-informed. I have come to an understanding of Samhain - from an experiential level - of what it means to me. From what I have read and witnessed in circles over the years is that Samhain is the Pagan erquivalent to Rememberance Day. Not that Pagans observe a period of rememberance for Vets, but a rememberance of of all those we hold dear (whether they be a close family member or pet).that have crossed over from life to the here-after as one observes such.
For our next meeting maybe we could share about those loved ones that have passed on and how they meant to us. As well, if any have a/any book/s that they want to share they can do so as well.