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Friday, October 26, 2018

History of Halloween

Halloween has been in existence since pagan times. The history of Halloween is not clearly known as it was a time in history when much was not wrote down.  In the world today, it is a holiday that is celebrated by a great variety of countries. Perhaps the reason Halloween is so popular is the fun and good times for both young and old associated with the holiday.

As a pagan celebration Halloween is believed to have originated in the British Isles. During that time it was thought that spirits rose from the dead and mingled with those living during the day. Food was left at the doors of houses hoping to encourage good spirits. Masks were worn to scare off the bad spirits. Other traditions were added to the celebration of Halloween after Romans invaded England.

The dead were honored and the harvest celebrated may have been an addition of the Romans or the Celts. The Romans and Celts from Ireland and Scotland battled around this time period with neither side a clear winner. However, it was the Roman Catholic church that strived to rid the area of pagan holidays created a special All Saints Day to be celebrated November 1st.

Modern day Halloween comes from "All Hallows' Evening" This is the evening of All Hallows' Day. This custom of celebrating the eves before holidays is a Christmas tradition still observed thru Christmas Eve, New Years eve to name just a couple. Eventually it was shortened to Halloween

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