Halloween is becoming more popular in the Southern Hemisphere and, as a result of a conversation with my friends where one asked about the history of Halloween and where I answered that it was based on a Celtic tradition. I thought I’d share information that I found which explains the origins of Halloween.
It originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future.
Here is the link below so you can learn more about the history of Halloween:
My daughter asked me to bake some cookies that she could decorate and bring to school for her friends – we think they they turned out pretty cool.
Laugh, Love, Live – I hope you all enjoy Halloween, however you choose to enjoy it! Happy Halloween!