Tribute Thursday: The Origin of Halloween

Ola my sexies!

I know it’s quite the controversial topic, but I’ve always wondered, where did Halloween originate from?

According to many people, websites and books, Halloween (which is celebrated on October 31st) originated with the Celtics sometime in the 16th century and back then was called Samhain.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Most commonly it is held on 31 October–1 November, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh it makes up the four Gaelic seasonal festivals.

So although it is a well-known American holiday, Halloween has Gaelic origins. “Americans have fostered them, and are making this an occasion something like what it must have been in its best days overseas. All Halloween customs in the United States are borrowed directly or adapted from those of other countries” – Ruth Edna Kelley author of The Book of Hallowe’en (1919).

Halloween is also thought to have been influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints’ Day (also known as All Hallows, Hallowmas or Hallowtide) on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2. They are a time for honoring the saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach Heaven. Who’d have known?

Soooo did you go trick or treating?

Even if you’re too old, it’s still fun….

Happy Halloween peeps!


2 thoughts on “Tribute Thursday: The Origin of Halloween

  1. Wiccans still celebrate Samhain. Although, due to persecution it’s not widely publicized. I did some research on this particular topic last year around Hallowe’en.

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