November's All Souls' Day, observed on November 2nd in the Christian calendar, is deeply connected to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This day of remembrance for the departed has its roots in the Celtic belief that spirits could walk among the living at this time. A poignant tradition from this intertwining of cultures is the placement of an empty chair near the fireplace. This "chair for the departed" symbolizes a warm welcome for ancestral spirits, a remembrance of lost family members, and a protective gesture to ward off malevolent entities. The custom beautifully encapsulates the blend of Christian and Celtic traditions that mark the beginning of November.