Origin of Halloween
Originated from the Celtic festival of Samhain 2,000 years ago
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.
On the night of October 31 the Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth
Jack o'lanterns also originated from the Celts
On All Hallows Eve, the ancient Celtic culture would carve turnips and place a hot ember inside to
ward off evil spirits
Because the Celts associated All Hallows Eve with human death we evolved Halloween to be a
We celebrate this by decorating our house, watching scary movies, and going “haunted” houses
Halloween custom of trick-or-treating on October 31 and the Medieval practices of "mumming" and
"going a-souling" on All Souls Day. Mumming took the form of souling entailed going door to door
and offering prayers for the dead in exchange for treats, particularly "soul cakes."
According to historians, on Friday, October 13th, 1307;
King Philip IV of France ordered the killing of thousands of the Knights Templar on accusations of
heresy, resulting in the executions of more than a hundred of the Crusades warriors.
The theory of this as the superstition's origin appeared in Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci
The Knights Templar cross has four equal sides,
standing for equality between male and female,
unlike the Christian cross