Samhain Harvest Festival | Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit
November 1 All day
Samhain Harvest Festival
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it has been celebrated from SUN-UP, October 31 to SUN-DOWN, (TODAY) November 1, as the Celtic days began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter. Samhain means “summer’s end, and pronounced “Saa-win”.
How can you celebrate this final day of Samhain festival? Stay in your PJ’s, burn some sage, cleansing your rooms, push out any scary “Samween” negative energies. Make a warm soup. Sit and enjoy caramel apples, pumpkin cheesecake and zucchini bread. Put the electric blanket on the bed and put up twinkle lights in your bedroom. It’s time to begin Hygge preparations. Take a picture with your Sir and together appreciate the sunset. Wear black lingerie to bed. Welcum the darkness and fill it with light. Feel the spiritual veil and your Sir thicken.
Fun facts, in the film Halloween 2, 1981, the resident character, psychiatrist Dr. Loomis discover that serial killer Michael Myers has written the word “Samhain” across an elementary school blackboard in blood. Loomis says it references the “festival of Samhain” and “famously” he mispronounces the holiday’s name. Samhain is also referenced in Halloween 3, Season of the Witch, 1982, in which an Irish toy maker wants to return Samhain to its supposedly bloody roots by planning a mass sacrifice of children using cursed costume masks. The worst movie in the franchise, in my opinion.
Today, cultures give the ancient holiday of Samhain a modern twist: Religious groups ranging from Celtic Re-constructionist, Pagans to Wiccans have created their own unique ways to mark the mystical harvest festival, ranging from historic recreations of the Celts’ celebrations to rituals and rites honoring their ancestors, deceased loved ones, or spirits. These usually involve all the earth signs, harvest foods and the general outdoors.
Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit Good Luck Ritual
Do you say “Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit” before you get out of bed in the morning? If so, you are in good company with many parts of the world. If not, read on to learn why you should be saying this mantra on the first day of the month. Although it is unknown where the rabbit good luck ritual began, the first written record of saying rabbit three times aloud on the first day of the month can be found in the 1909 British periodical called, “Notes and Queries “.
Rabbits for Good Luck
Many people carry a rabbit’s foot as a good luck charm. Franklin D. Roosevelt even carried a rabbit’s foot during his campaign for presidency. He believed it brought him good luck on the campaign trail. Another way to bring good luck into the home includes hanging pictures of rabbits on the wall or placing sculptures of rabbits throughout homes as a symbol of good luck.
Myths and tales from our ancestors containing a rabbit good luck ritual have traveled from Europe to Africa and from America to the Far East. Just as most cultures have a tale of a great flood, they also have similar tales about the hare. Gods and goddesses are associated with the hare because it is fickle and intuitive.
So, you forget to say rabbit three times aloud, now what?
Did you forget to say rabbit three times out loud this morning before you rolled out of bed? Maybe you just heard about the good luck rabbit ritual and now you are wondering what happens now. Good news, you can accept good luck this month. All you have to do to shout out loud, “Tibbar, Tibbar, Tibbar“(rabbit spelled backwards!).
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