October 05, 2019

πŸŽƒ The history of Halloween goes all the way back to a pagan festival called Samhain.
πŸŽƒ The word "Halloween" comes from "All Hallows' Eve" and means "hallowed evening".
πŸŽƒ Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.

Halloween has officially crept up on us, and there’s so much to look forward to, from brainstorming ourΒ costumestocarving jack-o'-lanterns with thekids and, of course, eating unfathomable amounts oftreats,candy, and chocolate.

No matter how old you are or how many times you've been around the block, the holiday simply never gets old. The littlest ones get a chance to dress up and gotrick-or-treating, and parents have an excuse to sip on aΒ boo-zyΒ Halloween cocktail.

πŸŽƒπŸ‘‰ But in the midst of the parties andgames and sugar rushes, have you ever stopped to wonder what the history of Halloween even is in the first place?

Here, we're sharing Halloween's origin (and Halloween's meaning too) in the hopes that it'll make your celebrations even more, er...meaningful. After all, this old-fashioned holiday actually dates back many, many years. It's a lot older than you might think!Β 

#1. You already know that Halloween takes place on the last day of October, but here's something you might not know: The word itself literally means "hallowed evening," and was previously known to early European celebrators as All Hallows' Eve. All Hallows' Eve (October 31) and All Saints' Day (November 1) both paid homage to saints ("hallows" = saints). The name was eventually shortened to "Halloween," which we know and love to this day.

#2. The pagan and Christian occasions hadn't always been back to back, though. Up until the 7th century CE,All Hallow's Eve fell actually on May 13. Perhaps in an attempt to offset the occasion with a religious celebration, Pope Boniface IV ultimately made the call to change the observance to its current November 1 date.

πŸŽƒπŸ‘‰ Why Do We Celebrate Halloween on October 31?

Halloween falls on October 31 because theancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on this day. It marked a pivotal time of year when these seasons changed, but (more importantly) observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead. This belief is shared by some other cultures; a similar idea is mentioned around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also typically occurs in October and involves saying prayers for the dead. This is also where Halloween gains its "haunted" connotations

From:Β BLAIR DONOVAN & MARISSA GOLD in countryliving.com


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