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Halloween is the way to spell it. But, most of the above are creations during the relatively recent 20th Century, and to find the origins of Halloween we have to go back much further, and particularly across the seas to find the beautiful, green and verdant island, known as Ireland.
The Celts embraced Paganism, one of many hundreds or even thousands of belief systems that were very common in the days before the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and are still popular today eg: The Pagan Celts all spoke Gaelic, although with some differences in each location.
No one at that time, however, had yet heard of Halloween. It is a term which, from a Western perspective, has modern connotations of spiritualist, animistic or shamanic practices or beliefs of any folk religion, and of historical and contemporary polytheistic religions in particular.
The Irish Celts had two particularly important Festival celebrations, one which celebrated the arrival of Spring, of renewal, is called Beltane and is on May First with dancing, feasting and the traditional Maypole.
The other celebrates the end of the harvest, and arrival of Winter, on the 1st of November and is called Samhain.
Incidentally, in the Gaelic language still in use in much of Ireland today, the word for November, is Samhain.
Samhain is also generally regarded as the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Their origins are the same, just different pronunciations. The ancient Celtic tribes believed that the dividing line between the living and the dead became dangerous for the living on 31st October, when the change in the weather had become much cooler colder leading to sicknesses and damage to crops.
So, they tried to ward off the perceived evil spirits by lighting bonfires where the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Just like at modern Halloween, at these new festivals, masks and costumes were worn, making them look like evil spirits, in an attempt to placate them and send them far away.
One of the names for these festivals feast days was on the eve of Samhain, 31st October, about to be the eve of All Hallows Day, and soon to be known as Halloween.
Hallow means to make Holy. In terms of Roman Catholic theology, the feast commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. In the RC Church, Sainthood is bestowed on a person who has died, after performing great and wonderful deeds on earth.
This process is called beatification. Gradually, many of the Pagan traditions of Samhain, begun to be incorporated into Halloween, particularly the attempts to ward off the evil spirits, as described earlier, with the costumes and masks.
It appears that this did not really start until the early part of the 20th Century. The first known reference to what is really ritualised begging on Halloween, was reported inin a Canadian newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, not far from the border with upstate New York.
The paper reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street guising on Halloween between 6 and 7pm, visiting shops and neighbors, to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs.
This normally takes the form of singing a song, reciting a poem or even a joke.
Occasionally a particularly talented child might do card tricks or play a musical instrument, but most children will receive their treat for doing something quite simple.
There was no practice of performing a trick on the householder or neighbour. This goes way back to the Middle Ages, and even includes Christmas wassailing — carol singing.
This practice was even common throughout much of continental Europe, even as far as the south of Italy.Oct 23, · Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
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