The Eve of Samhain or Samain, as the French name it, calls to ponder upon its celebrating at Louis XIV’s Court. The Celtic traditions were strong yet at that historical period, so we might suppose that the Court also took its part in them.
I have looked through several editions of the “Mercure Galant”, but they do not provide any particular information on this subject, while other sources, telling about the history of Samhain in France, mention that Louis XIV was the first king who regulated the feast rites and omitted too bloody ones. The French Samhain was very close to the British & Irish ones, it had the same meaning. Besides, it was a time of apple harvest. So, the French also celebrated a sort of an apple feast too.
The fact that the Great King made Samhain celebrating less violent proves that he also cared for customs and traditions of the Galouis (Galles) and desired to keep them for his descendents. The silence of the “Mercure Galant” only underlines the importance of this celebration. The day when the door to the world of deads opens should be spent in meditation with great spirits of the past, without making much noise.
Vive le Roy! 🙂 And Happy Samhain to all of you, my Esteemed Readers!