Monday, October 31, 2005

The History of Halloween


The History of Halloween. Happy Halloween! This has always been my favorite holiday. I thought this year I would find a good Halloween history site. I found one and it is at the History Channel site.

This site was created to help support a TV program of the same name. It includes information on the origins of Halloween, spooky recipes, facts about pumpkins, and some creepy video clips.

From the site:

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

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. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

1 comment:

El Cardenal said...

Just an aclaration.

You said: "The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France ..."

The Celts also came to Spain and Portugal. Most of the South, the center, the West and the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula were occupied by the Celts, in this case, named Celtic-Iberian (the Celts of the Iberia, NOT the mix between the Celts and the Iberian).