Halloween Beginnings
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Halloween Beginnings

Halloween dates back to the middle ages and with the Sanhaim celebration by the Celtics. Halloween was introduced to North America in the 1900's.

Halloween is one of the oldest holidays, worldwide. We know it today as a holiday that is held yearly on October 31. Many of us decorate our homes with ghosts, ghouls, ghosts, goblins, spider webs , black cats, and scary music. The children dress up in costumes, going from house to house hollering “Trick or Treat” to those who answer the door, at which time they are given a treat of candy, gum, fruit, or coins. Many areas may have neighborhood parties which may include: hayrides, pumpkin carvings, costume contests, dunking for apples, and stories being told by an eerie character. This is a time when candy or caramel apples are extremely popular and readily available in the stores, or made at home as a family project. Halloween was not always as the way we may celebrate it today.

The beginnings of Halloween can be dated as far back as 2000 years ago, to the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, on October 31, in an area which is now known as Ireland, the UK and northern France. This one day marked the end of summer and the harvest, beginning the season of a dark and cold winter, which was associated with death. The Celts believed that the night before, there was a boundary between two worlds of the living and the dead. When they celebrated Samhain, the belief was that the dead returned to the earth creating havoc by destroying crops, and performing other mischievous deeds. There was a belief that these spirits helped the Druids, or Celtic priests to be able to predict future events.

In celebration, the Druids built mountainous bonfires that were considered to be sacred. This is where crops and animals were burned as sacrifices to the deities. Costumes were worn which typically were animal heads and skins, as they attempted to tell the fortunes of each other. 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.

In some countries, it is not a time for ghosts an goblins, going trick or treating. Instead, it is a time for the entire family to go to the graves of loved ones together and place flowers as a sign of respect for their dead loved ones.

Other traditions, such as children wearing costumes going door to door dates back to the Middle ages, and includes adults going door to door and receiving food for their prayers. The Halloween traditions began in North America, around the 1900's and has evolved into what it is today. Children are not longer considered to be begging when they go house to house. This is a fun time to dress up in costumes, go door to door for candy, go to parties and have fun.

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Great and interesting information