The Origins Of Halloween


Happy Halloween! Dressing up and going around the neighbourhood asking for candy seems like a great idea when you are a kid (and maybe even as an adult). Perhaps a bit strange but, hey, it's all about the candy!

But why do we do this?

Halloween originated with the Celtic holiday of Shamhain 2000 years ago. Shamhain (pronounced sah-win) means "summer's end" in Gaelic.

"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."

The believed that October 31 was the day that spirits crossed over into this world. Or in other words the veil between worlds/dimensions was thinner. For the Celts, they thought this made it easier for Druids or Celtic priests to be able to predict the future.

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