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Today's Music Selection: All Soul's Night by Loreena McKennitt
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Today's Article: Samhain Eve with Alexis Kennedy
Since Celtic days start at night, tonight will be the beginning of Samhain (Summer's End) and time to honor our ancestors, and our birthrights. Some of us will participate in the traditional Halloween Trick-or-Treat with children/grandchildren, giving out treats in exchange for the delighted faces of children who show up at our doors, eager to see what we'll give them. We'll then turn our faces toward our Beloved Dead, and honor them with a meal.
Some will participate in a "Dumb Supper," where they will serve a meal with places set for the dead, and not speak until the meal is over. Some will simply prepare a feast of things our loved ones liked when they were corporeal. My family will set the meal outside, as an offering to those who are passing through the veil, and would like some sustenance on their way. We'll light candles, and invite our visitors to share time with us, until the veil closes again. The night is holy and sacred, and is honored by many cultures in different ways. This is one of my favorite holidays of all.
I want to thank each of you who have participated in our celebration of this season, and wish all of you the very best of Samhain feasts and blessings. May your ancestral visits be joyful. We'll be back ion December 17 to celebrate the Winter Solstice. We hope you've enjoyed our gift of merriment and mirth, and accept our offering to you, our community, with love.
Today's Cocktail: Spiked Mulled Cider with Alexis Kennedy
Today's Recipe: Traditional Irish Colcannon with Jaye Todd
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Renee Sosanna Olson's Tribute:
Lynn Green's Tribute:
Today, at Samhain, I honor two very special women in my life who passed beyond the veil this year. Both are considered honorary members of my family and will never be forgotten. They have been added to my "fallen leaves" on my Samhain ancestor altar this year.
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