- Holidays and Celebrations
"Halloween" Do we really know what it means?
what is the true meaning of Halloween?
We have all shared in or partook in what we call the holiday HALLOWEEN but do we really know what the true meaning of it really is? It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain,(pronounced sow-en) when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Somewhere around in the eighth century Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to celebrate martyrs and saints; which brought about All Saints’ Day, Some of the traditions of Samhain were brought over and incorprated. The night before thier new year is what was called all hallows eve which later became Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, soon had community based characterized events which brought about trick or treating.
The Celtics that lived 2000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1, which marked the end of summer harvest, where as the dark cold winters would set in. The Celtics believed that on the night before the new year the worlds between the living and dead were a blurr meaning that the night night before which was October 31st was the time they celebrated the ghost of the dead returning to earth.
Now i don’t know about y’all but that doesn’t sound like i want to be a part of the celebration of dead ghost walking the earth. where they would also damage the crops and make it easier for the druids to predict the future. the predictions were suppose to help them get through the long dark winters.
So the way the costumes and trick or treating are all tied together are the Druids used to light bonfires and burn animals as sacrifices to the Celtic god or creator. The Celtics also wore animal heads and animal skins and telling the fortunes of others,as the marched around the bonfires. When they were done they re-lit the bonfires that they had put out after the sacrifices to help protect them for the winter.
how much all of this is true according to history.com and Wikipedia it is as true as dating back 2000 years ago and the ritual has made it into America where we may not do the sacrifices but we do dress up and ask for tricks or treats.
The carving of the Jack-o-lanterns came from the tradition of carving turnips into lanterns was to symbolize bringing light into the darkness, and people would often call on their neighbors to share food to help them in the dark era.