The Celtic New Year

December 29th Celebrates The Celtic New Year

Today on Day’s To Remember we celebrate the song called “Celtic New Year written by Van Morrison. Northern Irish singer and song writer Van Morrison wrote this song on his album called, “Magic Time.”

As we enter into the New Year, the New Year is magic time for all of us, to be optimistic on new changes.
Today’s YouTube video brought to you by user name Steve Walker is Van Morrison singing the song called, “Celtic New Year.”

What is a Celtic New Year?

Most people don’t know that Halloween originated in Ireland. The word Samhain means summer’s End in Gaelic (pronounced Sow-wen or Sow-wain) it falls on Halloween night and is considered the end of the Celtic year.

On this day, as legend goes, the great God of the Sun dies, and leaves his widow, the Goddess Crone, to mourn him until Yule which is the Winter solstice.

When Yule is reborn and with his rebirth, light will return to the Earth. With the Sun God gone, nights grow longer, plants and trees die back, and all around us begins to freeze and harden in the cold chill of late autumn and winter.

Samhain and related rituals were our wise ancestors’ way of putting language and imagery to the realities of life and death. The cycles of life are powerful, and the month of October is about reconnection with ancestors at a time when the distance between us and them isn’t so far.

In Mexico, this magical time is known as los Dias de los Muertos and the dead are celebrated now, their legacies, traditions, and blessings remembered.

Beyond costume parties and trick-or-treating, the origins of Halloween can be traced to the Celtic New Year. The Romans, the Christian Church and, ultimately, commercialized society revised and reinvented this holiday, but inside the modern traditions traces of Halloween’s ancient past remain.
Sounds like a pagan holiday doesn’t it, but did you know the term “Pagan” stems from the Latin word paganus meaning “country-dweller” which in roundabout way means the Celtic New Year and Halloween are both country dweller holiday.

I’m not asking you to change sides regarding how the Celtics celebrate New Year’s Day, but I just find other avenues of bringing in New Year fascinating to me.

From the words of the author, Neil Gaiman, “I hope this new year comes to you in doing mistakes, because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”

So that’s my wish for you and all of us, and my wish for me. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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