This is Halloween!

Radio Riel wish­es you all a Hap­py All Hal­low’s Eve and Samhain by play­ing a spe­cial hol­i­day pro­gram today. This morn­ing, after­noon and ear­ly evening you will hear a vari­ety of creepy Clas­si­cal and Con­tem­po­rary music to get you in the “spir­it” of the day! As night falls, the pro­gram will tran­si­tion to a cel­e­bra­tion of Samhain.

Samhain (1 Nov.), the first day of win­ter and one of the four tra­di­tion­al ‘quar­ter days’, impor­tant in the cal­en­der cus­toms of Goidelic?speaking areas up to the present cen­tu­ry. The eve of Samhain was believed to be a time of super­nat­ur­al occur­rences: accord­ing to medieval sources the dwellings of the fairies were revealed, and mod­ern folk­lore asso­ciates the night with div­ina­tion and the dead. The name appears to con­tain the ele­ment sam? ‘sum­mer’, per­haps allud­ing to a belief in the inver­sion of other?worldly time.

(“Samhain.” The Oxford Com­pan­ion to Irish His­to­ry. 2007. Encyclopedia.com. (Octo­ber 31, 2010). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O245-Samhain.html)

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://main.radioriel.org. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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