Celtic Traditions around Samaín – Halloween in Galicia
If you are walking the Camino to Santiago right now, you’ll have the opportunity to witness some of the famous Celtic traditions that are carried out around the celebration of the most important feast of the ancient Celts: Samaín (Halloween). If you are lucky you’ll even witness the ritual of La Queimada, which is the perfect treat to experience Halloween in Galicia!
In our previous blog post I shared with you the story of “La Santa Compaña” and how it was witnessed by my mother’s uncle Daniel. Revisiting this old tale with her, we started talking about the story I’d like to share with you today. I’m glad we did, because I was under the impression that the following tale featured uncle Daniel, but my mother corrected my misunderstanding: it was uncle Manuel, one of the other brothers of her mother. My family had an encounter with one of the witches of Galicia…
Before I get to the story of uncle Manuel, let me first tell you something about witches and why they are such an important concept in Galicia and why, in general, magic is so interlaced with our culture.
Welcome to the Halloween series of Camino Comfort’s blog in which we’ll be sharing some urban legends as passed on by my Galician ancestors. Today I’ll be sharing with you the legend around La Santa Compaña.