Hallowe'en & Samhain
A Spooky Bouquet for All Hallow's Eve
"The ghosts of all things past parade,
Emerging from the mist and shade
That hid them from our gaze,
And, full of song and ringing mirth,
In one glad moment of rebirth,
And again they walk the ways of earth
As in the ancient days."
~ John Kendrick Bangs (1862-1922)
The word Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin, meaning "hallowed evening" or "holy evening." It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day), with the word "eve" (from "even"), contracted to e'en or een.
Some researchers speculate that the modern "trick-or-treat" ritual may stem from the Scottish practice of "guising," a secular version of "souling." In the Middle Ages, soulers, children and poor adults, would go to local homes and collect food or money in return for prayers said for the dead on All Souls’ Day. Guisers discarded the prayers in favor of less religious performances like jokes, songs, or other “tricks.”
Whether your floral interest during the Samhain Season runs to the poisonous, the cursed, the ghostly or vampiric, enjoy this spooky collection of flowers that take on a darker aspect betwixt and between the haunting hours. Protect yourself against werewolves and witches or learn more about their floral familiars.
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