Archive for November, 2014

November 2, 2014

The origins of Halloween

by eirenehogan

No, Halloween is not an American Hollywood commercial con, it comes from ancient pagan religious traditions, and was taken on by the Christian church as ‘All Hallows Eve’ (or All Saints Eve) which means, of course, that the 1st of Nov is All Saints Day.  Funny that that day is not noticed much.  LOL.  It was known in the Celtic religion as Samhain.

It represents the end of summer and beginning of winter.  It is the Autumn equivalent of Easter, co-inciding – very roughly – with the Autumn equinox.  In the Celtic religion those times in the year (the equinoxes and solstices) were times when the door between our world and the world of the spirits is open, so ghosts and spirits and all sorts of magically beings can come into our world.  That happens at midnight.  It can happen in spring too (at our Easter).  But as Spring is a fun time with summer coming, then the spirits are seen as good and fun, but in Autumn they are seen as scary.

You can imagine in the old days pre-central heating, when the thought of winter coming would be scary, with the cold and the snow and the winds and the darkness, so the images of the scary ghosts and goblins makes sense. So, basically it’s the ancient version of “Winter is coming”!

I like that it is developing in Australia.  It is a fun thing for kids to do, not taken seriously.  For us it is the beginning of summer – and for the kids it heralds the end of the school year, the coming of Christmas and the beginning of the long summer holidays.

Halloween traditions in Ireland , from old Celtic religion

http://www.ireland-information.com/…/irishhalloweentraditio…

Irish Halloween Traditions
IRELAND-INFORMATION.COM
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