|Used with permission by Jenny Mathiasson. Thanks, Jenny!|
I know that this comic is Kemetic, and that Samhain is a Celtic holiday, but I like to think that this sentiment applies to everyone, no matter the religious or spiritual path (or lack thereof). For me, the most important part of Samhain is honoring my ancestors. There are Kemetic holidays with the same purpose, but like a bad Kemetic practitioner, I haven't celebrated any of those yet. It is said that the veil between the worlds is thinnest at Samhain, and maybe it's a lifetime of adoring Halloween, over a decade and a half of being Pagan, or the dramatic shift of the seasons towards Winter, but I swear I can feel it.
My observance of Samhain this year will be centered around tending a special shrine for them. Yet the important part will come after the day's festivities are over. I hate to admit that in the past I haven't been diligent about my ancestor worship, but that's something I've recently decided to work on. After all, their presence in our lives isn't restricted to just one day of the year. They are always with us, both figuratively, and in a very real sense. It's because of our ancestors that we're here. We literally owe them our lives. We come from their blood, some of them share our memories, and they help shape our experiences and worldview.
Parties are all well and good, but they really do deserve more than one night.