Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Origins Of Halloween

As the month of October approaches quickly, many people are already getting ready for one of the most popular holidays in fall – Halloween. Halloween dates back to over 2,000 years ago when it originated in Ireland. It all began with the Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and the beginning of the "darker half" of the year. It is also sometimes referred to as the “Celtic New Year.” The Celts believed that on this day, the world and the ‘Otherworld’ collided into one, allowing spirits to pass through. This is the reasoning for people getting dressed up in scary costumes – to keep away the harmful spirits.

Another interesting fact about Halloween is the trick or treating part. Today, it is widely known that you say, “Trick or treat” when approaching a house to get candy or other goodies. However, when Halloween first came to be, you had to do a trick in order to get a treat. If you didn’t have any tricks to show, you were not rewarded with a treat. It was almost like a prize to get candy and easily turned into a competition to see whose trick was better.

Today, Halloween is a time to get dressed up and pretend to be someone or something that you wouldn’t otherwise be. It is a day of fun and adventure for people of all ages. Haunted hayrides, carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, ghost tours, haunted houses and decorating with spooky items, just skim the surface of all the exciting aspects of this eerie day.

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