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The history of Halloween


Posted on Friday, 31 October, 2008 | Comment icon 6 comments


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"Halloween's origins date back more than 2,000 years."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by PhoenixBird88 on 31 October, 2008, 14:27
Seems as though everything has been modified by the Christians. Im thankful for the separation of church and state.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Siara on 31 October, 2008, 18:18
Halloween's origins date back more than 2,000 years. On what we consider November 1, Europe's Celtic peoples celebrated their New Year's Day, called Samhain (SAH-win). The night before Samhain—what we know as Halloween—spirits were thought to walk the Earth Actually the Celts, like the Jews, believed that the new day started at sunset. The after sunset part of 10/31 ("Halloween") and the before sunset part of 11/1 ("All Saints Day") were considered one date. This doesn't have much to do with anything-- it's just interesting to see the same tradition (the day starts at sunset) in two unrelated ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Grace Wayman on 31 October, 2008, 20:30
Is that why people say "put the horror back in Halloweeen"? Or is that because costumes and decorative items have become so corny? There's better places than Wal-mart to buy Halloween gear I'm sure. Anyway, I heard something like on Halloween it's easier to talk to the dead. I'm gonna try it and probably be sorry lol.
Comment icon #4 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 16 November, 2008, 20:13
Actually the Celts, like the Jews, believed that the new day started at sunset. The after sunset part of 10/31 ("Halloween") and the before sunset part of 11/1 ("All Saints Day") were considered one date. This doesn't have much to do with anything-- it's just interesting to see the same tradition (the day starts at sunset) in two unrelated cultures. Makes more sense than the current calendar system we work with. We wouldn't need daylight savings time under that system. Course my alarm clock wouldn't work very well either I guess... nevermind... that's a horrible idea...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Wyvernkeeper on 16 November, 2008, 22:34
Actually the Celts, like the Jews, believed that the new day started at sunset. The after sunset part of 10/31 ("Halloween") and the before sunset part of 11/1 ("All Saints Day") were considered one date. This doesn't have much to do with anything-- it's just interesting to see the same tradition (the day starts at sunset) in two unrelated cultures. I am half Celtic (welsh) and the other half Jewish, I do not know why the Celts chose to divide the day by evenings but I believe the reason it occurs in Judaism is because of the repeated analogue in Bereshit (genesis,) ie. 'and it was evening and... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Moonspectre on 15 July, 2010, 21:16
I myself being a Celtic-Wiccan and into traditionalism, Well my true new year is upon the Thirty-First of October. However I still celebrate christmas and the gregorian calendar new year. I like a mix of multi-culture, We should all co-exist in harmony. Sadly most people nowdays are full of hate and anger, Too much wars and not enough peace...


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