~Halloween's beginnings!~

sassypants

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The History of Halloween





Halloween has to be one of the best holidays. You get to dress up and eat all the candy you want! How much more fun could a holiday be? Well, it didn't start out that way. It all began centuries ago in Celtic Ireland...

Halloween's Beginning

In the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31st. This was the Celtic New Year and was called Samhain (pronounced sow-en.) The story goes that on this day, the spirits of anyone who had died that year would come back looking for living bodies to possess. Celts thought this was the only way to the afterlife. They also believed that all time and space was abruptly suspended on this day so spirits could mingle with the living.

Of course, the living didn't want to be possessed. So, at night on October 31st they put out the fires in their fireplaces, dressed up in freaky, scary costumes and made a big ruckus around the neighborhood so the spirits would be frightened away.

The Romans took over this tradition and eventually the belief in the spirit world died down and dressing up like witches and ghoulish figures became more of a ceremony. In the 1840s, Irish fleeing their country's potato famine brought their Halloween traditions with them to America.

Trick or Treat?

Trick or treating probably came from a European custom in the ninth century called souling. Christians used to knock on people's doors and ask for soul cakes. The more cakes they got, the more prayers they would say for dead relatives of people who gave away cakes. Back then, they believed that the dead remained in limbo after death and that prayers would send a person's soul to heaven. Later, children knocked on doors and they were given apples, fruit and other treats instead of cake.
 
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talk2me452002

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great post sassy....my halloween wish would be for no treats,but for someone to smell my feet!..lmao..that would be different!
 
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