The origins of Halloween

October 24, 2007 9:08pm CST
It's amazing how, in this age of information, the origins of some things are still being confused. I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read material on how All Hallows Day has been tainted by Halloween. Samhain is an ancient Gaelic festival which was celebrated at the end of harvest season. It is widely regarded as the Celtic New Year, and many believe that the veil between worlds is the thinest on this day. The dead are honored so that they will not trouble the living, and preparations are made for the coming winter. Both Pope Gregory III and IV helped converted Samhain to what we now know as All Saints' Day or All Hallows' Day, by moving and standardizing the date of the original Christian festive from May 13 to November 1. Some pagan traditions have survived despite of this, and has been come the Halloween that we know today. If you like to have more information on this subject, here's the wiki or just google 'origins of halloween'
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