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« Topic Start: October 25, 2009, 09:43:47 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin
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« Reply #1: October 25, 2009, 11:42:23 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?

I have what amounts to a Dia de los Muertos party every year (this year on 11/7).  Big altar, lots of Mexican food, etc. all shared with friends and family.  I do a personal, private ritual involving a libation to land spirits after the first hard frost, which happens anytime between the end of October through November.

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« Reply #2: October 26, 2009, 10:29:33 am »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

My husband and I are really excited too! its our favorite holiday. We will do the same thing as last year and put an orange or red candle in each window, leave empty chairs at the table for our ancestors to sit, and have a big dinner full of our passed loved ones favorite foods. We will dress up our alter with pictures of his mom, who died when he was seven, and pics of my grandmother who died this year.We will also take our 10 month old trick or treating.

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« Reply #3: October 26, 2009, 11:40:01 am »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

We're doing our Samhain bonfire with the kiddos on Saturday after trick or treat.  We'll build a big fire, have pumpkin donuts and cider and party all night....well, until 10 or so anyway. Wink  Then after the little ones are in bed, I'll do my little ritual.  We're having a dumb supper at some point - maybe Sunday?  I don't know, I tend to not get too caught up on the actual date of our celebrations.  We're spending this week doing lots of fun stuff - crafts, baking, getting little skulls airbrushed on our fingernails Smiley , decorating, drumming, listening to music.  I love this time of year!
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« Reply #4: October 26, 2009, 03:00:24 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

I'm going back to the group I trained with as a guest (after hiving off about 18 months), which I'm very much looking forward to. The specifics of what we do are one of the things we keep private, because we want people new to the ritual to experience it without preconceptions, but the ritual focuses on remembering loved ones and our ancestors, including a feast featuring foods important to those we're remembering or to the cultures we come from.

I usually also do something personal on the night of Nov. 2nd, which is the anniversary (adjusted for my current time zone) of my father's death. (He died just after midnight, early on Nov. 3rd in Boston, and I now live in Minneapolis, an hour back.)
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« Reply #5: October 26, 2009, 03:46:32 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

On Halloween, I plan to watch as many horror movies as I can.  Also I'm planning to give out candy to the trick or treaters. On November 1st,  I'm planning to go to a ritual celebration.  There are going to be raffles and lots of food.  I can't wait.
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« Reply #6: October 26, 2009, 06:19:44 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

Well, I can't wait either! I LOVE this time of year so much. We will take our nine year old out trick or treating, then a party the whole town goes to at the school, then trying to get the child to sleep, then I plan on doing a ritual. I went out today to the Halloween Outlet and got six black candles which I will use on my altar. I plan on doing a ceremony for my deceased grand parents, whose deaths, one year apart, really affected me. Of course, I will welcome any ancesters who want to make an appearance, but the ceremony is really honoring my grandparents most of all. I will put a little picture of them on my altar (well, just my grandmother, I don't have any pics of my grandfather  Cry but I am hoping that my intent will make up for that shortcoming, and let the magic happen as it will.
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« Reply #7: October 26, 2009, 06:42:28 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

This is my favorite time of year and there's never a shortage of things going on.  My plans aren't all nailed down yet, but I do know that I'm going out to a couple costumed celebrations on the 31st.  On Sunday, I'm planning a dumb supper and a small remembrance ritual for two specific people. I have a feeling the friends I'm visiting will find some other things for us to do as well.  I'd hoped to catch one of Voltaire's shows over the weekend, but I don't think that's going to happen.
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« Reply #8: October 28, 2009, 03:51:52 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

If we were in a warmer clime we would be burring food for the dead. But as the ground is already freezing, and we are on clay anyways we will be burning paper representations in our fire pit instead.

We will also be taking the 2 year old trick or treating
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« Reply #9: October 30, 2009, 12:15:44 am »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

I'm going to attend regular coven ritual.

also, we will have our first family ritual. We're going to remember our ancestors, give thanks to God and Goddess for providing for us and then we will have our dumb supper.

I'm sort of apprehensive because I'm the only practicing pagan in my family. My husband and daughter are very curious and they're excited about learning more and having this Samhain ritual. I hope I do everything right.
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« Reply #10: October 30, 2009, 01:02:52 am »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin
You could say "special feast," I guess.  

Saturday I'm going to be serving lamb stew to 500 people at an Irish festival.  Don't know why, but the local Irish Cultural Center always schedules its festival the weekend of Halloween.  I've been discouraged from wearing my groovy cool Mrs. Lovett costume while I'm serving.  Can't imagine why.

We probably won't be doing anything for Samhain this year, even though it's usually the only neo-pagan type holiday my family celebrates with any consistancy.  But with Francis' thrilling new medical problems combined with this catering weekend from heck, I just don't see a lot of energy left for celebration.
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« Reply #11: October 30, 2009, 09:23:05 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin
I'm going to be volunteering at an animal shelter and I'll be dressed up. ^^

Then I'm just having a party with my fam and friends. ^^ And I'll have some quiet time for myself to light a candle and just celebrate Halloween (or Samhain) that way. Smiley

I also might take some halloweenish quizes online. hehe Tongue
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« Reply #12: November 02, 2009, 02:05:09 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

   Any rituals?
   Special feast?
Anything at all. just curious what everyone else may do for Samhain. Grin

I slowly build up an altar(from nature walks and frugal finds/buys), I carve a pumpkin-lantern and feast with family/friends. I go outside and look for the changes in the Earth. I remember the dead and make new years resolutions. I also do "spring cleaning" in the fall. Out with the old in with the new.
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« Reply #13: November 02, 2009, 06:57:57 pm »

Hi. I am just REALLY excited for Samhain this year and was just wondering what everyone is planning for it this year.

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I was really excited for Samhain too (and I had fun, even if I did have to spend the next day recovering)!  Smiley  I'm really involved with the local CUUPS folks, so that's where I spend my Sabbats.  We had a mid sized turn out, mask making (I made mine ahead of time because I knew I would be busy running! LOL), and lots of food for the feasting after the ritual!
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