Saints and Spirits
On random wires the rows of summer swallows
Wait for their liftoff. They will
soon be gone
Before All Saints’ and before All Hallows’,
The changing time
when we are most alone.
–May Sarton (1912–95)
October 31—Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve)
Halloween (October 31) originated with the ancient Celts, who celebrated the new year on November 1. They believed that the souls of the dead returned to Earth the night before (Samhain).
In later years, the Irish used hollowed-out, candlelit turnips, carved with a
demon’s face to frighten away the spirits. When Irish immigrants in the 1840s found few turnips in the United States, they used the more plentiful pumpkins instead.
See more about Halloween traditions in our
History of Carving Pumpkins video.
• The new Moon will occur on Wednesday, the 26th. See your Moon calendar.
• On Thursday, the 27th, Jupiter makes its closest visit to Earth. See Sky
• Will you have a clear night on Halloween? Check our 7-day weather forecast.
|Fabled uses include the warding off of vampires. For Celeste, it’s simply garlic-planting time. As always, Celeste throws in a potpourri of advice—from what she tells the garlic gnomes to cooking tips. See post—and pictures|
Sincerely, The Old Farmer’s Almanac
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