Halloween 11.2009

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Halloween 11.2009

  1. 1. The History of Halloween Another name for the holiday we call Halloween is Samhain. Going back 2000 years, the Celts, who inhabited the areas of the United Kingdom, Ireland and northern France celebrated November 1st at the first day of the new year. On the evening before the new year, October 31st, the Celts believe that the veil between the worlds of the it’s living and the dead.
  2. 2. They called that day , and felt that on that night the souls of the dead could return to earth. As well as those spirits causing mischief for the living, the Celts also believed that the thinness of the veil made it easier for their priests, the Druids, to make predictions for the future.
  3. 3. These predictions were a great source of comfort to the Celts during the long, hard winter. In celebration of Samhain, the Celts built large bonfires to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to their gods. In honor of the occasion, the Celts wore costumes, mostly consisting of animal skins and heads, and tried to tell each other’ s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they would re-ignite their previously doused hearth fires with torches lit from the sacred bonfire, to help protect them through the coming winter and the beginning of their new year.

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