Dark SECRETS of Halloween
Date: 2019-10-30 14:45:01
Surprising truths about Halloween! From the traditions passed on to create the autumn holiday to the folklore surrounding your favorite decorations.
#10 Name Origins
Most everyone, at least in the United States, is familiar with the festive fall-time celebration of Halloween, rich with scary costumes and sweet treats. But where does the name for this spooky holiday come from? It originates from the Catholic Holiday of All Saint’s Day, which was established by the 5th century A.D. under the moniker All Martyr’s Day. As time passed, that holiday gained many different synonymous titles, such as All Hallow’s Day, with Hallow meaning a holy person. Every November 1st, Catholics would celebrate the sacred date, and eventually the night before gained holiday status as well. The evening before was known as Hallow’s evening or Hallow’s Eve, and the Scot’s word for eve was “Even” which was contracted to e’en, so it became Hallow’s E’en, which in turn became Halloween.
#9 Celtic History
In an attempt to increase participation in the Catholic All Hallow’s Day Eve and subsequently All Hallow’s Day, communities began blending in the traditions of a popular pagan holiday known as Samhain. This festival has Celtic origins and is meant to celebrate the end of the Summer, thus foods made from the fall harvest, such as pumpkins, became festivity staples. However, there was more to Samhain than praising autumn leaves and squashes. According to Celtic mythology, this time of the year was when the walls between the real world and the afterlife wane thin. Pagan believers considered this to mean the spirits and souls of those who had passed were more likely to return to the world of the living. To celebrate and honor these souls, especially relatives and ancestors, Celtic pagans would offer tribute in the form of food and costumed entertainment. Sporting animal masks and skins, the believers hoped to confuse the spirits, and in the process offered both tricks AND treats to the supposed ghosts that came to visit! By adding these elements, which are very similar to the celebrations tied to the Mexican holiday known as Dia de los Muertos, the Catholic church hoped to convert pagans more easily to their beliefs.