Samhain~Halloween 2013

The day before yesterday was, as you probably all know, Halloween or as it is usually called in pagan terms, Samhain, which is the Irish name. In many cultures around the world, this is the night when the veil between the world of mortals and the Otherworld is at its thinnest, allowing the spirits to pass through to our world. They can be spirits of the departed, or other kinds of spirits, good or evil. It is also a time when all the harvest has been collected and everything is ready for winter, the death, or long sleep, of nature until spring comes again. Things associated with death are often used as decorations, such as skeletons, ghosts, monsters and zombies. It is also costumary to carve out pumpkins (earlier it used to be turnips) with scary faces, which originated in a desire to scare away evil spirits on this night. Pumpkins also represents the fertility of the harvest. It is also a night to honour your ancestors and your dear departed, lighting candles for their spirits and welcoming them back into your home and the world of the living for one night.

For me, it was a quiet celebration this year, as usual. I would have liked to dress up and go to Halloween parties, but my back injury prevents that. However, at least I had great company! My dear friend Ingrid came over, and we had our own little party!


Ingrid and her amazing outfit


Me clad in green, as per usual...


We lit lots of candles everywhere. Here is a pumpkin that would later be carved. We had another pumpkin, too, but I chopped it up to make pie out of it.






Boiling pieces of pumpkin to make my first pumpkin pie.


We lit torches outsite our apartment to guide the kids to our front door, which is rather hidden away on the side of the house. Usually we get no trick-or-treaters at all, but this year at least we had one little girl dressed as a skeleton and her dad (also dressed as a skeleton) ringing our doorbell, so of course we gave her lots of candy. I wish more had come, because we really had a bucket full of candy, but oh well... at least now we don't have to buy candy for the rest of the year :p


We watched The Nightmare Before Christmas - an annual tradition of mine - while we enjoyed Ingrid's excellent cooking


The finished pumpkin which Ingrid carved - I bet it scared those spirits away!


My pumpkin pie, before I put it in the oven. Unfortunately, it turned out a little soggy - I think I used too much pumpkin and too little of all the other ingredients. Oh well, next time I'll try sticking to one recipe instead of trying to combine two different recipes because I was lacking an ingredient... Ingrid and my husband still thought it tasted nice, but I didn't like the consistency... ah well, I always knew I wasn't much of a cook.

Then we watched the whole season 1 of Being Human and drank lots of wine, becoming quite giggly, until it was almost morning. 'Twas a good night!

 

How was your celebration, if you had one?

 

~*Branna*~

12 kommentarer

~Gaiadóttir~

02.11.2013 kl.16:44

Kooselig :D Vi lagde også pai her om dagen, og jeg leste feil og tok aaalt for mye sukker, så den ble grusom! Gresskaret ble kjempefint, da! :)

Ååh. den filmen er fin. Vi så kjempemange "Halloween"passende filmer i fjor, men har ikke sett noen ennå i år. Vi sitter bare og ser Once upon a time hele dagen! Såå spennende :D Og det er jo hekser og skumle ting der og, så det er vel ikke så ille :)

Elveheksa

02.11.2013 kl.17:22

It was amazing to spend Samhain with you, sweetie! I had such a blast and can't wait to come visit you again! ☆♡☆

~Kristine Ithilien~

02.11.2013 kl.18:48

Så koselig :D Og dere er så fine <3

Jeg lagde pai på tirsdag og har kost meg med den hele uken hihi. På dagen pyntet jeg meg litt ekstra til skolen men på selve kvelden så jeg skumle filmer, spiste pai og drakk masse deilig te.

Branna Laurelin

02.11.2013 kl.18:50

~Gaiadóttir~: Vi får begge håpe på bedre lykke neste gang vi baker pai!
Høres koselig ut, da :) Selv har jeg fått litt dilla på Being Human og Desperate Romantics. Du bør sjekke dem ut, i hvert fall Desperate Romantics, tror du ville finne den inspirerende. Det gjør i hvert fall jeg.

Branna Laurelin

02.11.2013 kl.18:51

Elveheksa: I had such a great time with you, too! <3 I can't wait until next time we meet, either :)

Branna Laurelin

02.11.2013 kl.18:53

~Kristine Ithilien~: Tusen takk! <3
Høres ut som en fin feiring for deg også. Jeg vil også ha gresskarpai! (Ordentlig gresskarpai, ikke de sorry greiene jeg slang sammen...)
Håper alt er bra og at du trives i Drammen.

~Kristine Ithilien~

02.11.2013 kl.19:12

hehe ja jeg hadde det fint ^^

Jeg er i grunn bare glad jeg er sta nok til å fullføre paien min jeg, hadde et megauhell da jeg skulle sette den inn i ovnen = røre over alt... men laget ny røre og den ble mye bedre enn jeg hadde trodd :) hehe

Trives ganske godt i Drammen foreløpig, er mye som skjer på skolen og har lite tid til annet gøy. Men sånn er det å være fulltidsstudent :)

Branna Laurelin

02.11.2013 kl.20:52

Bra du trives :) Si fra hvis du har lyst til å treffes en dag!

~Kristine Ithilien~

02.11.2013 kl.21:43

:) takk det skal jeg gjøre!

Marina Aurora

03.11.2013 kl.00:18

Så koselig! Og så fine dere var :) Lagde pai som ble litt mislykket jeg og, jeg prøver å unngå sukker og for mye hvitt hvetemel men jeg tror ikke det var det at jeg brukte Sukrin som var problemet, jeg aner ikke hva jeg gjorde feil, det oppsto sprekker øverst på paien ved slutten av stekingen og konsistensen var litt rar, men den smakte overraskende nok ganske så godt :) I fjor lagde jeg en bedre en,. Gresskarpai er himmelsk.

Jeg var litt stresset på Samhain men klarte å nyte den så bra jeg kunne, jeg og kjæresten bakte som sagt pai, jeg lagde gresskarsuppe, tente masse lys, ordnet til alteret mitt, koste oss med stemningsfull musikk, var på min bestefars gravsted for å minnes han og så selfølgelig Nightmare before christmas og Van helsing, egentlig en ganske dårlig og klisjee-fylt film, som jeg faktisk elsker til tross for det, hahah.

Fru S.

04.11.2013 kl.20:41

Høyrtes ut som ei koseleg feiring (og du var veldig fin i den grønne kjolen) ^^

Vi hadde også ei fredeleg Samhuinn-feiring med gresskardekorasjoner, gresskarsuppe, levande lys, Loreena McKennit-musikk, røkelse m.m. Er absolutt ein av mine favorittar når det gjeld årstidsfeiringer! I den påfølgjande helga hadde vi også vår årlege Halloweenfest med gode venner, som vart ein riktig (u)hyggeleg afære ;)

PS: Vi har tradisjon med å sjå "The Nightmare Before Christmas" rundt juletider!

Branna Laurelin

07.11.2013 kl.22:12

Fru S.: Tusen takk! ^_^

Høres ut som dere hadde en kjempekoselig feiring dere også! Skulle ønske jeg også hadde fått dratt på Halloweenfest, for jeg elsker å kle meg ut :D

Newstart

18.12.2013 kl.17:14

Where do you get those dresses? They are just amazing!

Branna Laurelin

18.12.2013 kl.17:25

Newstart: Most of my medieval dresses and other clothing I buy online or at Medieval festivals in the summertime here in Norway. I can recommend armstreet.com for medieval dresses, and also Etsy.com for all kinds of handmade, fantasy-inspired clothing. Some of my favourite Etsy shops are Moonalia, Timjan Design and Euphoric Garments. But you can also try searching for specific articles of clothing or jewellery on Etsy and see what comes up.

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Branna Laurelin

Branna Laurelin

26, Drammen

I have a great love for all things fantastical, fairytale-ish. Irish, Celtic and Norse. My biggest passion is playing the harp, but I also love playing my tin whistles/flute and making fantasy jewellery. I have a Bachelor's degree in the Irish language (also covering Celtic civilization, literature and mythology) from the University of Oslo, which I am very proud of even if I can't use it for anything career-wise. This blog is all about the things I like and involve myself in, and hopefully I may be of some inspiration to others.

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