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This illustration tells the story of halloween. When it was the pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced sowen), it was a three day festival that celebrated the loved ones who had passed over. It was said to be the night that the veil between the worlds thinned, and all of the magical creatures, fair folk and lost souls could cross back into our world.
The fairy cat or cat-sìth, said to be all black with a tuft of white on its chest, would come to steal souls on samhain, and people traditionally carved faces into turnips to keep the evil spirits away. Rather than being a morbid festival, it was meant to celebrate the coming darker nights, new beginnings and the last chance for harvest.