Origins of Halloween

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January 10, 2017 by ayyomaleea

Written by:Maleea McKinney, Kiara Bryant / Inglewood,CA

Have you ever sat down and wondered “Where the did Halloween come from or how was it celebrated in the past.”Why do we trick or treat ? What’s the point of time?

Halloween Origins date back to the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain. The Celts lived 2,000 years ago in the area now known as Ireland.Celts believed that on the night before the new year,the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain.

To celebrate this event, they built huge sacred bonfires, to where the people gathered to burn crops and use animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities and pay homage to the deceased.Celtic Priest would also make predictions about the future for people. During some Celtic celebrations of Samhain,villagers disguised themselves in costumes made of animal skin to drive away phantom visitors.

In the eighth century, Pope George 3rd designated November 1 as a time to honor all Saints Day, which incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as Hallows eve and later Halloween.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular , community-based event characterized by a child-friendly activities such as trick or treating.

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