- 11 Nov 08
...Or at least it does where Halloween is concerned, as the old pagan feast is transformed into an orgy of amateur pyrotechnics, civil disobedience and open-air boozing.
The ancient Irish feast of Samhain marked the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. It was a celebration of the harvest at a time when fruits didn’t traverse the world and communities had to squirrel food away to take them through the lean months. It’s a pagan feast, one of a sequence that marked off the different seasons from the winter solstice when the days began to lengthen, through spring, midsummer, high summer and autumn.