History Behind Halloween

Jack O LanternHalloween has been one of the much awaited holidays each year. Although its celebration today is usually surrounded by fun and excitement, the history behind Halloween is largely based on a more controversial subject. The mystery and the nature of Halloween has since been hidden and covered through a mixture of fun and games that it has since been known for.

Halloween Origins

The ancient celebration of Halloween is not so innocent and as fun then. It was first held on the ancient Celtic New Year that is known as Samhain. This was celebrated on the 31st of October each year by the ancient Druids. It was believed that this was the time of the year when the boundary that separates the world of the dead from that of the living was at its thinnest. It was the time of the year, the Druids believed that the spirits of the recently dead would haunt the land of the living in order to possess people in order to seek an escape from their uncertain afterlife.

Name Origin

The term Halloween is a shortened or corrupted form of the word All Hallows’ Eve. In is celebrated on the eve of All Hallows’ Day, which is known today as All Saints’ Day. Although a Catholic celebration, All Saints’ Day has since taken on certain pagan rituals and considered them as part of the events that is practiced even today.

Trick Or Treat

The practice of trick or treating came from the ancient Druid tradition of people leaving treats outside their doorways in order to appease the spirits who might be passing through. It is believed that the spirits would possess the bowl of food and other treats instead of the people living inside the house.

Jack O Lantern

That evil menacing look carved out of pumpkins and lighted from the inside also came from pagan tradition. The Jack O Lantern was based on ancient pagan creatures such as the will-o-the-wisp, fairy fire, or the corpse lantern. The Jack O Lantern became the modern day representation of these ancient pagan spirits.

 
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