All Hallows Eve

Tonight is the night when Ghosties and Ghouls appear to haunt you!

What is the history of  this devilish night?

Halloween is the one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today. It’s one of the most popular holidays, second only to Christmas. While millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Halloween make the holiday more fascinating

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).
The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them

Halloween has taken on a more commercial theme or meaning nowadays, with the introduction of ‘Trick or Treating’ possibly originating in the USA.

Dressing up is a huge part of this night, whether, you are a child or an adult, Halloween themed parties with Ghoulish games, fright night spooky snacks and bloody cocktails.

Will you be joining in?

Acknowledgements

www.halloweenhstory.org,

http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

A Ghoulish site in anyone garden. Well decorated I think. Its even more eerie at night with sounds and lighting!

A Ghoulish site in anyone garden.
Well decorated I think.
Its even more eerie at night with sounds and lighting!

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I invite you if you dare to go out tonight.

Send your pictures or favourite recipes.

Happy Halloween!!

 

 

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