Why do we want and need seasonal celebrations of Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day?
We are at the midpoint between autumnal equinox and winter solstice. We will look at winter coming, bringing the harvest home, trees un-leafing, shorter days, colder nights, moving our lives indoors. Why do pumpkins, fire, sugar skulls, and honoring the dead mark this passage? Devils, witches, costumes, bonfires, candy, pictures of ancestors, trick or treat and even mischief night play into our celebrations.