Happy Halloween!


Samhain was a Celtic festival celebrated from sunset on 31 October, marking the end of the harvest season and the onset of winter. This was seen as a time when the veil separating the spirit world and the physical world was at its thinnest, and spirits could appear. Bonfires were lit during a ritual ceremony; the flames were thought to have cleansing powers. During the festival, people wore costumes and went from door to door in costume, singing or reciting poetry in exchange for food. This later became known as guising and is the origin of the word “disguise”. Its modern-day equivalent is the Halloween custom of “trick”, associated with magic, or “treat”: handing out sweets or candy.

In the 9th century, the Roman Catholic Church moved the date of All Saints day to 1 November, while 2 November later became All Souls’ Day. All Saints and All Souls merged with the existing pre-Christian traditions to create All Hallow’s Eve, which later became Halloween.


~ by A_A on October 31, 2014.

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