Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Origin of Halloween


 Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31st. It has old age European traditions. It originated in what is now Ireland at the Celtic Festival of Samhain (pronounced sam-hu-in). At the Samhain Festivals people would light bonfires and wear costumes to fend off ghosts. In the eighteenth century Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as the day to honor all saints, which incorporated Samhain traditions and October 31 was All Hallows Eve. People believed it was the day all ghosts returned to Earth. Over time Halloween soon picked up the tradition of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. Romans soon took over Celtic territory and combined their fest with the Celts. The first one was Feralia, which celebrated the passing of the dead. The second was to celebrate Pomona, Goddess of fruit and trees.

Fun fact: Did you know the symbol of Ancient Goddess Pomona was an apple? Hence bobbing for apples on Halloween.

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