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The Origins of Halloween


As Halloween approaches (and more importantly the Team Vivi Halloween party) we all anxiously await the season of crazy costumes, festive parties, and way too much candy. But have you ever stopped to wonder where all of this spooky fun originated? While cultures all over the world have been celebrating the changing of seasons in different ways for millennia, our spooky holiday originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain in which people would light huge bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts heading into the cold winter months. The Celtic territory was eventually invaded by the Roman Empire and over the next 400+ years, Samhain was combined with many other festivals to eventually become what we know as Halloween. The first to be added was Feralia, the Roman celebration in late October to commemorate the passing of the dead and the tradition of bobbing for apples was likely added as a tribute to Pomona the goddess of fruit and trees; whose symbol was the apple. The festival was then combined later with the Christian holiday, All Saints Day (also known as All Souls day) on Nov 2. All Souls’ Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. The All Saints’ Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day).  The night before the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-Hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Have a happy Halloween!

 

Source:

https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween By Hanna Buescher - Oct 18, 2019

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