When Is It? <ul><li>Halloween is on October 31. </li></ul><ul><li>To the Celt’s, it’s a 3-day period. </li></ul><ul><li>-All Hallow's Eve -All Hallows' Day/All Saints Day -All Souls' Day </li></ul>
Where Does It Come From? <ul><li>Halloween comes from a Celtic festival called Samhain. </li></ul><ul><li>It marks the end of the "season of the sun" (summer) and the beginning of the "season of darkness and cold" (winter). </li></ul>
Celtic Beliefs <ul><li>The Celts believed that evil spirits would come out and wander at night especially during the winter. </li></ul><ul><li>The Celts built bonfires to frighten away the evil spirits. </li></ul>
How Halloween Has Changed <ul><li>The last night of October was transformed by the Church into the vigil of All Saints' or Hallowe'en. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians believe that goodwill always conquers evil, and that Jesus, the light of the World, defeats all the fear of darkness. </li></ul><ul><li>Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night have a common origin. They both originated from pagan times, when the evil spirits of darkness had to be driven away with noise and fire. </li></ul>
Halloween In England <ul><li>In the northern parts of England, Hallowe'en was referred to as Nut-crack Night. Nuts were put on the fire and, according to their behavior in the flames, forecast faithfulness in sweethearts and success or failure of marriages. </li></ul><ul><li>Halloween can also be called Snap Apple Night in England. Apple's would be hung on a long string and players would have to try and bite the apples without using their hands. </li></ul><ul><li>Englander's also call Halloween Mischief Night. That's when boys play practical jokes on others. </li></ul>
Souls <ul><li>Souling is from the ninth century European custom. It was a Christian festival where people would make house calls begging for soul cakes. In exchange for cake, strangers promised to pray for the donors' deceased loved ones. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>No matter how you may celebrate Halloween, it is a day of remembrance for the dead. It also brings up thoughts on the supernatural. In my opinion, Halloween is a holiday to have fun and be someone else. </li></ul>
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