As Samhain approaches the veil between the worlds becomes thinner and thinner. Many traditions practice a ritual known as the “Dumb Supper” or the “Silent Supper”.
During the Silent Supper we honor our long dead ancestors, our recently deceased loved ones, and/or the newly born.
The Samhain celebration often includes a ritual dinner (Dumb Supper) in which we pay homage to the cycle of life, Birth, Death and Rebirth.
The Supper is a ritual performed without words or conversations because by its very nature, is a time of silence out of respect for the dead, out of respect for death itself, and out of respect for Spirit.
We are silent to make our understanding known that we are aware of the Divine Plan and that we respect it.
This does not mean we do not grieve out loud.
But for one night we commune in silence and meditation with those who went before us.
The Supper itself should be held, if at all possible as close to midnight as possible on Samhain.
There should be a place of honor for those who have crossed.
The menu should be simple, some food that the ancestor and you both enjoy.