Halloween history and origin pdf
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As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain Samain festival. In Celtic Ireland about 2, years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half summer and the darker half winter. At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.
Halloween in the United States
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In much of Europe and most of North America , observance of Halloween is largely nonreligious. Halloween is a holiday that marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints , or All Hallows, and initiates the season of Allhallowtide. In much of Europe and North America, celebration of Halloween is largely nonreligious. Halloween may have developed partially from the pre-Christian holiday Samhain , which was celebrated in early medieval Ireland around November 1 as the beginning of a new year. Halloween is celebrated with pranks, parties, costumes, and trick-or-treating. European immigrants to the United States in the 19th century brought Halloween customs with them and helped popularize the holiday.
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Many Americans celebrate Halloween on October Celebrations include costume parties and trick-or-treating. Halloween is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 31 October and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United States.
History of Halloween Traditions.pdf
Where did Halloween originate? Read our October article and find out. As the 31st October approaches, many people around the world will once again be marking Halloween with what have become traditional activities — carved pumpkins, trick-or-treating and fancy dress. Many people think Halloween is an Americanised festival of ghosts and ghouls — but did you know that most of the activities associated with this time of year are originally from Celtic folklore and tradition? The modern-day Halloween is said to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, held around the 1st of November, the date that marked the transition from autumn to winter. It was at this time of year that people believed the boundary between the worlds of living and dead became blurred, and was when the souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes. Initially, it was practiced only in small Irish Catholic settlements, until thousands of Irish migrated to America during the great potato famine and brought their customs with them.
The celebrations and observances of this day occur primarily in regions of the Western world, albeit some traditions vary significantly between geographical areas. This day begins the triduum of Hallowtide , which culminates with All Souls' Day. In the Middle Ages , many Christians held a folk belief that All Hallows' Eve was the "night where the veil between the material world and the afterlife was at its most transparent". Scottish emigration, primarily to Canada before and to the United States thereafter, brought the Scottish version of the holiday to each country. The earliest known reference to ritual begging on Halloween in English speaking North America occurs in when a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street " guising " on Halloween between 6 and 7 p.
Halloween is lurking in the wings, ready to swoop down for another night of trick-or-treating, haunted houses and frights for all.