Halloween

Guy Fawkes Night - weird but wonderful

Fiona from the Summer School team, tells us about one of the UK's weirder Autumn celebrations.

When is Guy Fawkes Night and what do you do?  
Guy Fawkes Night - or Bonfire Night as it is also known - is celebrated on 5th November here in the UK. As a child, I loved waving a sparkler or munching a toffee apple whilst trying to stand as close to the bonfire (complete with a burning effigy at the centre) as possible without overheating! It felt like my entire home town coming out to stand in a muddy field to watch the fireworks without really having any understanding of why or what we were celebrating. 

Samhuinn – Halloween, Scotland style!

"Samhain 2014, Edinburgh" by Graham Campbell on Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Modern Halloween is celebrated across the globe, but here in Edinburgh the Celtic roots of the festival are still celebrated today. Known as ‘Samhuinn’ or ‘Samhain’, the Gaelic festival marks the end of the Celtic year and harvest season and the beginning of winter or “darker half” of the year.