Group of Wiccans in Pelham prepares to celebrate its new year this Sunday

Halloween is coming up this weekend and for one religion the holiday means much more than a chance to dress up. Some Wiccans in Pelham, who are preparing to celebrate their new year October 31, say their religion is often misunderstood. Wicca is an ancient Earth-based religion. Wiccans say their religion predates Christianity and incorporates pagan rituals that were often derived from the natural rhythms seasonal cycles of the Earth. Like any other religion, Wiccans observe certain holidays. There are the four gatherings a year to celebrate the major Sabbaths and then there is the witches ball taking place this Sunday. The annual witches ball in Manhattan attracts Wiccans from all over the world.

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