Halloween Greetings

happy-halloween-2.jpgHappy Halloween to everyone who celebrates this traditional holiday.  Although this holiday is not widely celebrated in Australia, for those who are about to go “trick or treating”, have fun!

Of course, black is the colour of choice for Halloween so we suggest you browse our great range of black spinel jewellery.  Dont worry if you missed out on buying something for this year, Black is always in fashion so get in early for next year.

The prices are no trick – so treat yourself !

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Since Glen Innes is known as Celtic Country, I thought it might be of interest to point out that Halloween actually derives from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.   Many of the modern traditions and symbols for Halloween date back to this “fire festival” of the Celts.

Samhain Eve is one of the main festivals of the Celtic calendar, and is thought to fall on or around the 31st of October representing the beginning of winter and the final harvest.   Celtic mythology holds that on this date, the boundary separating the dead from the living became blurred.  It is still the custom in some areas to place food out for the spirits or to set a place for the dead at the Samhain feast, and to tell tales of the ancestors on that night.

Traditionally, Samhain was time to take stock of the herds and grain supplies, and decide which animals would need to be slaughtered in order for the people and livestock to survive the winter.  Bonfires were an important part of the festival – with the bonfire ablaze, the villagers extinguished all other fires. Each family would then light its hearth fire from the common flame, symbolically binding the community together.

For those who would like to learn more about Halloween, we recommend the following links of interest:

cat-full-moon.jpgCheers for now from Aussie Sapphire – the most comprehensive source of faceted Black Spinel Gemstones.

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