EP20 Secret history of Nos Calan Gaeaf
In Wales, October 31 is a magical night when ghosts, fairies, and all manner of supernatural creatures may be encountered.
In the early 1900s a pioneering American author from New England published what is considered to be the first history of Halloween, and by using that as our starting point for the spookiest day of the year we will uncover:
- The role the Welsh Druids played in shaping Halloween.
- How witches transformed people into standing stones.
- The fairies, pixies and ghosts lurking at the dark crossroads.
- The dreaded Hwch Ddu Gwta, a terrifying supernatural pig that chased merrymakers home after the witching hour.
- How huge bonfires were lit during harvest festivals long before the arrival of Christianity.
- How to predict who will die in the coming year on All Hallows’ Eve.
- And the really important questions – could young girls really predict who their future husbands by throwing a knife into a field of leeks after dark?
Did you catch last week’s episode of the Ghosts & Folklore of Wales podcast?
Did you miss last week’s episode? Catch up now: EP19 Beware the Welsh Jack-O’-Lantern!: A Halloween special exploring the horrible history of the “dreaded ghost” which haunted Wales after dark on Nos Calan Gaeaf.
For a full list of every episode, from the Mari Lwyd to the Mabinogion, and to subscribe, please visit the podcast page.
History of Halloween in Wales: 5 special episodes
For a full list of episodes check out the Halloween Specials podcast page.