Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”) means “summers end,” and is the Celtic feast of the Dead – a time to remember and honor our ancestors. It is the time when the veil between the spirit world is thin, which makes it easier to commune with the dead. It is traditionally celebrated on or near October 31st, All Hallow’s Eve or Hallowe’en. Many other spiritual traditions followed this theme, which is why we also have All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos.

It is also a time of turning inward and reflecting on the past, which includes our ancestors. Commemorating our relationships with loved ones and honoring the ways they have touched us is an important part of the cycle of life. In remembering them we show respect to the paths we have walked, and we continue to carry all the love, wisdom and strength we gained in those relationships. Many do this by putting pictures on altars, sharing stories about or cooking recipes of those who have passed.

Take a moment this season to remember those who have touched and added to your life. “What is remembered lives.”