Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The true history of Halloween

Taken from Halloween-maximum


Do you know how Halloween started? You don't! Well do not worry I will tell you how it started, the information may shock you, well it did me when I first found out, so here is the history of Halloween.

Ok Halloween used to be spelt Hallowe'en some time ago and first started in a country named Ireland. The Irish didn't celebrate Halloween as we do now, they celebrated it as a festival and was named samhain.

According to the beliefs of the ancient Irish (Celts as they were called), the sunny half of the year (e.g. spring and summer) ended on the 1st November a day usually referred to in Gaelic as Samhain meaning "the End of summer". After the adoption of the ancient Roman Calendar which had fixed months, the date (1st November) began to be celebrated regardless of the Moon phases which would have indicated when the sunny part of the year has ended.

What is Halloween

Taken from Wikipedia

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Halloween (IPA pronunciation: [hælə'win], [hælo'win]) is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets. It is celebrated in much of the Western world, though most common in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and with increasing popularity in Australia and New Zealand. Halloween originated among the Celts in Ireland, Britain and France as a pagan Celtic harvest festival. Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century. Most other Western countries have embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture in the late 20th century.

The term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe'en, is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening before "All Hallows' Day"[1] (also known as "All Saints' Day"). In Ireland, the name was All Hallows' Eve (often shortened to Hallow Eve), and though seldomly used today, it is still a well accepted label. Halloween was also sometimes called All Saints' Eve. The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until it was appropriated by Christian missionaries and given a Christian interpretation. Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the púca, a mischievous spirit.

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Hi,

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