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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween ☠☠☠


Thousands of years ago, there lived a tribe known as Celts in Ireland and in Northern France. The Celts were pre-Christians and worshiped "Nature". Their livelihood revolved around sowing and harvesting food crops.




In ancient times, winter was the season that was associated with hunger and death. Celts believed the last day of October marked the end of summer and November was the beginning of winter. So, they celebrated the eve of New Year on October 31, of each year, with a festival called "Samhain". This festival was presided by Celtic priests called Druids.


Celts also believed the spirits of the dead would visit them. Therefore, they left delicious food and drinks on the front porch for the spirits. With the spreading of Christianity, November 1st of every year, is celebrated as "All Saint’s Day". The eve of November 1st, is known as "All Hakkiwe’en" or "Halloween".







One of the primary reasons behind the Halloween celebration is the harvest festival. Warding off the evils, in many different ways, remains another important reason behind Halloween. Why do we celebrate Halloween would give you more information.


Often, we do things we are supposed to, without knowing why we do them. This commonly happens in case of celebrations, customs and old traditions. This is evident from the fact that many people celebrate this festival without knowing the history and origin of Halloween.













A Few Fun Facts about Halloween
The colors associated with Halloween are orange and black. Black is the color of darkness and death, while orange is the color of "fall harvest".


The immigrants from Europe brought Halloween to North America. It is celebrated around a bonfire. Dancing and singing, sharing ghost stories are part of this celebration.
The second commercially successful holiday, in the United States, is Halloween. At this time, the sales of Halloween candy touches around two billion dollars annually.

It is believed, if you happen to see a spider on Halloween day, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

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