👻🕷️🕸️🌑🍁🎃🦇 🎃 To ward of potential malevolent entities, in Scotland it has been custom to carve lanterns out of 'neeps' turnips. 😸 In the Hebridies, the bier on which a corpse is carried would be deliberately broken to prevent the sluagh using it to carry away the dead. The Cat Sith is a fairy creature from Celtic mythology that haunts the Highlands. On Samhain it was believed that a Cat Sith would bless any house that left a saucer of milk out for it to drink, and those houses that did not let out a saucer of milk would be cursed into having all their cows milk dry. 🍚 Communal sustenance was another common theme on this day, this can be seen in the custom of eating Fuarag. This was a large dish of oatmeal and cream that was made in the Western Isles. The Fuarag would be made in a large bowl (in some places using potatoes instead of cream), and into the bowl would be placed a ring, a coin and a button. All the boys and girls would sit around the table, supping with spoons, until all the objects had been found. Whoever got the ring would be the first to wed, the one who found the coin would see riches. Finding the button would mean you would never marry. Although as a custom this has all been died out in the Islands, however it still lives on in Canada. In parts of Cape Breton, a region that still clings to its traditional roots eating Fuarag on Halloween is as normal as trick or treating. 🌰 Nut Burning - Recently engaged? Find out if you and your beloved will live happily ever after. Toss a nut each into an open fire. If they quietly smoulder amongst the flames your union will be a good one, but if they hiss and crackle you could be in for a bumpy ride! 🐖 Sausage Rolls - The Witchcraft Act of 1735 forbid the consumption of pork pastries on Halloween. It wasn't repealed until the 1950s.
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