La Castanyada and Halloween are here! The day expected has come, or rather the awaited night. Do you know what the origins of Halloween are? According to the ancient Celtic and Anglo-Saxon calendars October 31st corresponded to the last day of the year and it also coincided with Samnhain feast, the God of the dead. Samhain is the Celtic New Year and a day to remember those who are no longer with us. Samnhain is in Celtic mythology the religious festival celebrating the birth of the dark period of the year and also means a ritual of transition and opening to the other world.
In Barcelona Halloween is… La Castanyada!
Here in Catalonia la Castanyada is the equivalent of Halloween and Samhain , celebrated November the 1st . La Castanyada comes from an ancient funeral ritual feast and is a celebration which is common to eat chestnuts, sweet potatoes and panellets . The streets are filled with stalls where to buy chestnuts and pastry shop sells all kinds of panellets. Yet there are many Halloween parties where everyone goes in disguise. We also have acclimated Twentytú hostel for the occasion .
Happy night of the living death and don’t forget to celebrate La Castanyada!