Today marks the first day of the traditionally Pagan festival of Samhain, from the evening of Oct. 31 through Nov. 6, celebrating the end of harvest and preparing for the cold season.
Samhain is associated with death, so honoring the ancestors is an excellent way to celebrate. Spend some time with your ancestors, create an altar for them, make offerings and ask for their strength and blessings.
Other things you can do in celebration:
Decorate your home with seasonal symbols, like pumpkins, acorns, apples, dried leaves, as well as fall/winter colors, oranges, browns, deep reds and purples, white for winter.
Prepare a family feast, set the table using the symbolism above. Invite your ancestors to dine with you by saving food for them or setting a place for them at the table.
Set a bonfire, as Samhain is also known as a fire festival, the fire can represent energy, renewal, cleansing, warmth or whatever fire means to you.
If you are unable to create a bonfire, channel fire energy through candle magic, and take it a step forward by using the candle as a divination tool during and after the ritual, by reading the flame and candle wax.
Give thanks, everyday is a good day to be grateful but right now is espeically good to reflect and express gratitude, for all the blessings we have had throughout the warm months and what we have to get us through the cold months.
These are just some suggestions, be sure to add your own cultural adaptations and include things that are unique to you!