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It's hard to explain. I like the dark half of the year better for spiritual concerns. I feel more powerful, more spiritual at that time. Perhaps the introspective energy suits me. I love the smells, colours and vibe of fall, too.
Samhain always feels like the biggest night of pure power, though I celebrate it on October 31 rather than the actual cross-quarter simply because it's less weird for my neighbours to see our window all lit up with jack o'lanterns and candles on Hallowe'en. I usually do some form of prayer and magical working as well as doing the whole trick or treat thing. I also dedicate one candle to my dad.
And with Yule, well, I have always loved Christmas. In fact, I love Christmas so much I still celebrate it on December 25 as a secular, family-oriented day. We have my aunt from my dad's side over for dinner (she's on her own now) and do all the present exchanges and family time with the kids. Then on Boxing Day my aunt on my mum's side has open house and we go there. When I became Pagan, celebrating Yule as the spiritual side of the winter festival was therefore a natural step. I didn't do it last year because I was in the throes of all-day early pregnancy sickness. But the year before I had a Yule log, and this year I want to supplement that with a special supper as well.
Samhain, ever since a marvelously spiritual first celebration its been my favorite. Ive always loved Halloween and Fall too so it sort of worked out for me LOL.
I also like Karwa Chauth which is a Hindu Festival.
Basically its a day of fast for women so they can ensure the well-being, prosperity, and longevity of their husbands. There is a lot involved in terms of gifts and rituals and such. Usually happens in October and I just looked...its on the 15th.
Ive only been able to do it once but it was really, really powerful for me and I plan to do it again.