Halloween in Ireland (Samhain) By: Lily, Evan, and Robert
History The main idea behind Samhain is to honor the change of Summer to Winter.It is also the new year on the Celtic calendar This holiday is celebrated for a day and a half. This holiday is celebrated on the night of October 31st and all of November 1st. Samhain first started in Ireland.
People started celebrating this holiday over 2000 years ago. Samhain started because it was the time when the cattle and sheep had to be herded into closer pastures and all of the live stock had to be secured. The Celts were a group of people that started Samhain.
There are many legends and myths associated with this holiday, one of them is that if there is a full moon on Samhain then a peasant will turn into a werewolf and kill everyone.
Customs This holiday is not for all people, it is only celebrated by the Celtics. Some customs and traditions that occur during and before Samhain are, harvesting pumpkins and crops, worshiping God, having a feast, and celebrating the new year . The reasons for the customs are: that it’s the celebration of the dead, farmers harvest crops, and people celebrate the new year.
The customs started about 2000 years ago. The customs that have a symbolic meaning are: protecting the crops, and having scarecrows out to keep birds from eating crops. Some foods and drinks that are served during samhain are fruit salad zucchini, pumpkin pudding, smoked pork, clam chowder and soul cakes.
Similar Celebrations in Other Countries Samhain is unique to Ireland, but other countries such as America Canada, united kingdom, France, Italy, and Norway, celebrate similar holidays. These countries are located in north America, Western Europe, and Oceana. There is not a different name for Samhain.
Samhain is similar to Halloween because it is also celebrated on October 31st, and both go trick or treating and dress up. Samhain is different from Halloween because it is a public holiday and Halloween is not.
Conclusion The thing I find most interesting about Samhain is that it has been a tradition for thousands of years and it is still going on today.