Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's your favorite Halloween story?

Halloween is one of the worlds oldest holidays. It is still celebrated to this day, world wide.

There are a lot of stories and myths out there about the history of Halloween. Some are clearly myths, some are actual historical facts, and some are both. Although there are actual, proven historical events that explain the Halloween holiday, I have found so many explanations and stories of how Halloween came to be as it is now, and I guess it's up to you as to which story you want to believe. This is my favorite:

In the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year. It has been said that on this day, disembodied spirits of all who had passed on throughout the preceding year would come back, searching for bodies to posses for the next year. It was their only hope for the afterlife, and the celts believed that all laws of space and time were suspended during this time so the spirit world could intermingle with the living. Of course the living did not wish to be possesed, so on October 31st, they would extinguish fires in their homes to make it cold and undesirable for the spirits. They would also dress up in ghoulish costumes and parade around the neighborhood to try and scare the spirits away. It's also been said that the Celts would burn people at the stake if they were thought to have already been possessed.

Of course this is just one story out of thousands of myths and tales. Feel free to share your comments, thoughts, or if you'd like, you can contribute your own story of how you believe halloween began. :)

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