The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening, also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
The history of Halloween goes back more than 2,000 years. The earliest celebrations of Halloween – or Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), were among the Celtic people and it had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead.
The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter.
The ancient Gaels believed that on 31st October, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area…
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