Oct 31, 2018
Yes we’re talking about it, but why not?
every year dressing up like someone who’s supposed to be scary… but let’s be honest, in the end most of them are not scary and they’re just laughable. And it’s fine, we’re all supposed to have fun, by looking extremely hilarious or by being a sadistic piece of a ….. who wants to terrorize people by scaring them to death. Sorry I got carried away. I’m here to tell you about the origins of this Annual tradition.
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.
As you might know Celts lived in the area that is now Ireland, Britain and northen parts of France. They Celebrated their new year on First of November.
For them it was the end of summer and the beginning of dark cold winter,(also winter is coming) For them, it was a time where so many deaths happened. And they believed on the night of October 31, the boundary between the world of the living and the dead are blurred and the ghosts are returning to earth.
And the ghosts helped the druids to make predictions, to comfort them during the dark winter. And the druids were busy at these times, building huge bonfires to burn crops and animals(murderers) as sacrifices to celtic deities.
When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
And that’s it, a very short explanation of how we have Halloween, and the next time you start a bonfire be glad that there is no animals in it.