Samhain. The Celtic New Year
October 30 @ 7:00 pm - November 1 @ 12:00 pm
1In Pre-Christian times the Celtic New Year began on the first of November. The people, in Ireland, as throughout many other countries, marked this time of year between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice with a festival called Samhain.
They used all of the produce that they had foraged during the shortening days of September and October, to celebrate in hope that the Winter season that was just about to start, would be mild in the full knowledge that Spring was soon to follow. Although all of the plants were now dormant, and resting, the new seeds and growth were destined to bring new life. Although during these dark days it appears that things have died, there is so much going on , unseen. Nature turns in on itself in order to prepare for a new phase. We should trust in our own inner world, that this is what is going on for us too. Taking stock, as we acknowledge and nurture our creative spirit at Samhain.
It marked one of the darkest times of the years with light and joviality, whilst also being respectful of their ancestors who had slipped behind the veil of what is visible. The Fire at Samhain, had a special energy that marked the transition between Old and New.
You are invited to join with us at Tearmann in Glendalough as we continue this ritual marking it with reflective talks, reflective walks and other rituals, as we acknowledge that the dormant seeds within us carry the potential for growth.
Accommodation within Tearmann is limited and we are limiting the maximum participants for outdoor events to 40 persons.
We begin about 7 pm on Friday 30th October and finish up at 12 mid-day on Saturday 31st.
We look forward to your presence.