Happy Halloween – All Souls Night – Samhain


 

This week we celebrate Halloween, All Souls Night and for others Samhain. I chose this for today’s Sunday Respite. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

 

 

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

More from the History Channel Here

 

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5 Responses to “Happy Halloween – All Souls Night – Samhain”

  1. the unit Says:

    Now it’s moved to the first Tuesday in November, when the ghosts of the democrats return to vote. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      You nailed it for sure unit!!

      Like

  2. GP Cox Says:

    It’s still pretty early here, so this is all the effort I’ve got right now……

    Liked by 3 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Hey thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

    • the unit Says:

      Good Boo smile for today. Need that! Saving my funnies for the 31st. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people


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