Samhain celebrated in West CorkNovember 7, 2018
Huge congratulations to the Clonakilty Community Arts Group, who together with Geata Arts staged an unforgettable Samhain 18 Festival and the Leap Scarecrow festival with cars literally on a slow down driving through the village while families wandered through appreciating and taking photos with the wonderful scarecrows.
West Cork is a hotbed of creativity and community. Yet another reason to love the area.
This year’s Samhain festival theme was “Away with the Fairies” and the parade featured figures, creatures and mythologies from 4 different Celtic fairy realms. Each realm represented one of the elements – water, fire, earth and wind.
The parade set off from Astna Square and moved through the main street of Clonakilty culminating in Emmet Square, where despite the rain, the large crowd .
Samhain is one of the 4 traditional Celtic festivals (the others being Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa). Celebrating the eve of the Celtic New Year, it marks the end of the harvest time and the entering into the darker months of winter. The ancient Celts believed that at Samhain the veil between this world and the Otherworld thinned, enabling the Aos Sí, (spirits or fairies), to come into our world. Sacred bonfires would be lit to dispel angry spirits. Blue and black dyes were applied and costumes of animal skins worn in order to look more like a spirit and escape their attention.
So, again, well done to the huge numbers of artists, volunteers, musicians and performers. We can’t wait for 2019.