Halloween II

(Collector's Edition) (1981) Jamie Lee Curtis

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The Haunted History of Halloween (History Channel) (A&E DVD Archives) (2005)

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The Day After Halloween

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SpongeBob SquarePants

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Season of the Witch (1982) Tom Atkins

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why halloween is celebrated? is there any history about it?

10 Responses to why halloween is celebrated? is there any history about it?

  • Lindsay B says:

    Yep.
    Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).

    The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. 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, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

    To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.

    During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

    By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

    The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

    By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.

  • Red says:

    It used to be celebrated by the Pagans, which is a motorcycle gang or something.

  • unkown says:

    it is the day of the dead to celebrate all the ones who have died in the past. and there is plenty of other Traditions.

  • J.J. says:

    http://www.new-life.net/halowen1.htm

    Here you go..a good link that explains it all..but if you ask me..

    Its just so companies can profit off of children

  • cookie b says:

    its something to do with scaring the spirits away, on the 31st october the evil spirits would roam the land, the 1st november is known as all saints day, the day that all the evil spirits were banished and all was good again. thats all i remember from school

  • whereswaldo says:

    yes,

    before it was named halloween

    it was called all saints day or something

    its was supposed to be the one night when all spirits can wonder the earth

    and so was celebrated and thats how its so popular

    made famous by the yanks and Halloween movies – Mike Myers ha

  •   DG says:

    You be’tcha

    Samhain & All Souls Day

    Celtic in origin, but a bigger deal now in North America than in Ireland and the UK.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

  • S.Barr says:

    Go to halloween history.com

  • Stephanie says:

    there are several cultures that celebrate this day. it is supposed to be when the veil between the dead and the living is lifted and all the spirts and demons walk the earth. you wear the masks and costumes so the real spirits think that you are one of them and leave you alone.

  • greenshootuk says:

    It came from the Catholic church in Rome. Hallowe’en is short for "All Hallows Eve". Hallow means holy or Saint in old english. So Hallowe’en is the Eve of All Saints Day.

    All Saints Day was started as a local feast in about 750 AD on Nov 1st to commemorate the dedication of a chapel in Rome to "All Saints" – all the saints but particularly those who did not have a special day. Over the following century it spread throughout Europe and became very popular with celebration starting the night before (the Eve or Vigil) and continuing through the next day. Nov 2nd was added later as "All Souls" day which made the festival even more popular. People used to go round asking for cakes in exchange for prayers for the souls of people’s families (later changed into "trick or treat").

    Puritan protestants of course hated this sort of thing. It ws Catholic, it was about Saints, it included "begging" and other "pagan" practices. They attacked it as being evil, the work of the devil, unbiblical etc etc.

    Hence the associations with witches, devils, pagan festivals and all that sort of stuff.

    Some people believe that it brought in some elements of a pagan festival in Ireland but there is no historical evidence to support this theory.

    All Saints and, to varying degrees, it’s Eve are traditionally celebrated in Catholic cultures all over the world , though American culture is all pervasive so some countries are picking up its bad habits.

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