Where did the tradition of "Halloween" come from?
Thanks to the Google Search Box, we have the answers!!!!!!
"It is Death that makes this holiday. Whether it is the threat of Death if there is a bad harvest, the End of One Order and beginning of the New......" is explained in the fantastic Halloween Documentary I found on You Tube (below).
In addition, I have shared portions of articles from Wikipedia on Halloween and Samhian. (please see below listed links to refer to main articles). By the end of the page, You should be well informed for tomorrow (10-31-2012).
You may discover some frightening things!
A jack-o'-lantern, one of the symbols of Halloween
|Also called||All Hallows' Eve|
All Saints' Eve
|Observed by||Western Christians & many non-Christians around the world|
|Celebrations||Trick-or-treating/guising,costume parties, making jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires,divination, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions,fireworks displays|
|Observances||Church services, prayer,fasting, and vigils|
|Related to||Samhain, Hop-tu-Naa, Calan Gaeaf, Kalan Gwav, Day of the Dead, All Saints' Day (cf. vigils)|
Spread to North America
Trick-or-treating and guising
Hallowe'en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.
Games and other activities
- Barmbrack (Ireland)
- Bonfire toffee (Great Britain)
- Candy apples/toffee apples (Great Britain & Ireland)
- Candy corn, candy pumpkins (North America)
- Caramel apples
- Caramel corn
- Colcannon (Ireland)
- Novelty candy shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, etc.
- Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Roasted sweet corn
- Soul cakes
Around the world
|Also called||Samhuinn (Scottish Gaelic)|
Sauin (Manx Gaelic)
|Observed by||Historically: Gaels|
Today: Irish people, Scottish people, Manx people, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans
Pagan (Celtic polytheism, Celtic Neopaganism, Wicca)
|Significance||End of the harvest season, beginning of winter|
|Date||Sunset 31 October – sunset 1 November (N. Hemisphere)|
Sunset 30 April – sunset 1 May (S. Hemisphere)
|Celebrations||Bonfires, guising, divination,apple bobbing, feasting|
|Related to||Halloween, Hop-tu-Naa, Calan Gaeaf, Kalan Gwav, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day|
Historic Samhain customs
Neopagans honoring the dead as part of a Samhain ritual
All Saints' Day
by: the Documentary Site
....this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!
Please Be Careful tomorrow.
Of course, one more great performance