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Halloween wasn’t what it is today

November 1, 2017

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Halloween wasn’t what it is today

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Over the years many have believed that Halloween was created by the candy industry or that it’s the celebration of Satan, which could not be farther than the truth. Halloween or Samhain as it is called in the Celtic religion is actually a festival marking the end of the harvest season. During this festival, they light bonfires and wear costumes to scare off the demons that crossed over to their world. This has been celebrated for over 2,000 years.

They believed that during the time between summer and winter, the barriers between our world and the spirit world weakens which allows the demons and ghost to pass through. They believed this because their New Years was Nov. 1st and was thought that when the year transitions to the next the worlds overlap.

Trick-or-treating however, began during the middle ages and was originally called Guising, trading food for entertainment.

Another tradition of the children or poor adults was to go door to door begging for money or food. It was believed that they were doing it for the dead and were often called Soulers.

As the years passed the Catholic Church tried to transition pagan and Celtic holidays to convert people. They turned the festival of Samhain to All Saints’ Day or All Hallows Day and encouraged people to dress up as angels the day before. Halloween then came to the new world by the migration of the Irish during the potato famine. They help popularize Halloween in the early 19th century.

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