Happy Halloween!!! Ever wondered where it comes from, Halloween? Yes? READ ON TO KNOW MORE!
Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The night of Halloween, October 31st, celebrated Samhain! This was when people believed that ghosts of the dead would return to earth and cause trouble plus, damaging crops. The Celts believed that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. During the halloween celebrations the Celts would were costumes, which would consist of animal heads and skins (not your friendliest ideas). When the halloween celebrations were over they would relight their fires which they had lit earlier that evening.
In 1000 A.D. the church made November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honour the dead. It is now believed that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a church-sanctioned holiday. All Souls Day was celebrated kind of similarly to Samhain! Celebrating with; big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The night then began to eventually be called Halloween as the years have gone on.
A lot of programmes have over the years began to glamourise Halloween, but, not many know the meaning, now you do. It is all down to religion and religious people, the meaning behind so many historical events in todays century.
With love, Charlotte x