On Halloween afternoon, a group of women from my part of the island gathered to celebrate the occasion, or what the Celtics refer to as Samhain. Or maybe we simply wanted to gather for eating and chatting.
The table was ready with spider web dishes filled with edible goodies …
… and sparkly spiders watching votive flames.
Scattered around the room were other feathers and flames to set the scene.
After a scrumptious meal of pork, salad, breads and other goodies, we cleared the table and got to work. Each of us brought miscellaneous baubles and beads to share for decorating our masks.
Our hostess continued work on a feathered mask she’d already started before we arrived. Another artist created a fully encrusted and bejeweled mask, fit to rival that of any queen.
Each woman there had her own idea of how her mask would represent her inner … what? Goblin, ghost, ghoul, gremlin???
Some were still in process as I went around the table to take pictures of our creations. I had finished first, so my simple mask is the photo at the head of this post.
At last the entire group gathered to show off their art work. This is a beautiful group of women! Can you identify any of them?
A delightful time was had by all, as we sat around the table sharing stories and other sentiments. It’s at times like this that I miss my handsome black cat, Kaimana.
A hui hou!