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Halloween has origins in the ancient Celticfestival known as Samhain [pronounced: sow- wen] (Irish pronunciation: from the Old Irish samhain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year".Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic Pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31st, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks being worn at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.

Origin of name

The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows’ Even ("All Hallows' Eve") [eve is an abbreviation of even, an older word for evening. Halloween gets -een as a contraction of even to e'en], from the Old English term eallra hālgena ǣfen meaning "All Hallow' Evening", as it is the eve of "All Hallows’ Day", which is now also known as All Saints’ Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian Feast of All Saints’ Day from May 13 (which had itself been the date of a pagan holiday, the Feast of the Lemures) to November 1. In the 9th century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine Caldendar. Although All Saints’ Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day.

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Candy, Holidays, Vampire, Monster, Mummy, Zombie, Costume, Spooky, Jack O Lantern, Paganism, All Hallows Evening, Pomona, Samhain, Trick Or Treat

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review by . October 10, 2009
Admittedly, Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  However, I do like the festivities and the energy and joy it brings out in some people.  Trick or Treating was never my thing, though.  Even as a kid.  That's not to say I never went Trick or Treating (what kid doesn't like getting lots and lots of candies?).  Trick or Treating has given me some of my best introduction to some of the best candies that I never eat anymore.  If I had to be honest, I just …
Quick Tip by . October 16, 2009
Quite possibly, my favorite holiday of the year to pay our respects to the departed or eat candy & then pump insulin into your veins.
Quick Tip by . October 11, 2009
Almost treated like a holiday, Halloween has become more fun for adults than the children....really brings out the kid in some folks.
Quick Tip by . October 05, 2009
I love having an excuse to dress up with all my friends! :)
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