Last night the ghosts and goblins were out collecting candy all over the world. From the cute young children with their “loot bags”; to the “less cute” larger children with their pillowcases filled to the brim; to the much older “children” out partying till the “wee hours” … it is a fun night!
Do you know the origins of Halloween?
Halloween is celebrated on October 31, the last day of the Celtic calendar. it was originally a pagan holiday honoring the dead. Halloween is referred to as all hallows eve and dates back more than 2000 years. The name all hallows eve originated because it is the evening before all saints day. All saints day was created by Christians to convert pagans and is celebrated on November 1st.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain which was an annual holiday honoring the dead. Samhain was also a harvest festival marking the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of a new one. The Celts believed that the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful. This evolved into the tradition we know today as trick-or-treating.