A time of remembrance

Fun Festivals wellbeing

Burning candles and scattered marigold flowers in remembrance of loved ones lost
Photo by Shopify Partners from Burst

All Hallows’ Eve / Samhain

All Saints & All Souls, Day Of The Dead

 

The end of the old year and the beginning of the new.

All Hallows’ Eve is the final harvest festival to mark the end of the old year and the beginning of winter and the new. Considered to be the time of year when the veil between this world and the afterlife is at its thinnest, it is an ancient festival of the dead. A time to celebrate the memories of our ancestors, loved ones and pets. To honour them through cooking, recounting stories and fun times had.

Rosemary, the herb of remembrance, is often planted or added to the family meal. Yummy rosemary roast potatoes, or rosemary tea bread, are two of my personal favourites!

I put a spell on you!

Since ancient times part of the festival has involved people disguising themselves in costumes, and going door-to-door reciting verses in exchange for food or treats. To illuminate their way turnips, smaller to carry than a pumpkin, were hollowed out and used as lanterns. These became known as “Jack O’ Lanterns”.

 

Halloween is both a fun celebration and an important time of remembrance.

With that in mind, these thought inspiring labels are perfect to add to treat bags filled with candy to give to family, friends and colleagues. Grown-ups love sweets too!

 

October 31st Summer’s end

Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve / Samhain with thoughtful smiles.

Halloween gift packets

 

The packets I made up for my adult friends this year included a scented tea light, since both a burning light and soft scents help to guide souls on their journey. Dried marigold petals, the “flower of the dead”. Their petals are used to lead the dead home for remembrance by their loved ones. And no packet would be complete without chocolate, a favourite treat of my beloveds.

Remember and smile, as beloveds would wish.

 

Print - Halloween cards on good quality paper or card stock, cut out, attach and distribute. Print as many as you need for personnel use.