Halloween is a Holiday with a Long and Rich History.
Though it's celebrated in many different ways today, its roots can be traced back to ancient Celtic paganism. Read on to learn more about the origins of this spooky holiday!
The Celts and the Origin of Halloween
Halloween's roots can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. They believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On October 31, they thought that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, they also believed that the presence of these otherworldly beings made it easier for Druids—Celtic priests—to make predictions about the future. To ward off evil spirits and placate the Druids, people would dress up in costumes and light bonfires. Over time, Samhain evolved into modern-day Halloween.
Halloween in America
Halloween arrived in America with European immigrants in the 1700s. By the mid-19th century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated nationwide. That changed in 1846, when Irish immigrants helped make Halloween a national holiday. Shortly thereafter, Halloween parties for both children and adults began to pop up all over America. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween—more than any other country in the world!
Halloween is a fun holiday that's enjoyed by people of all ages around the world.
Though its exact origins are unknown, we do know that it has its roots in ancient Celtic paganism. Over time, it has evolved into the holiday we know and love today—complete with costumes, candy, and jack-o-lanterns galore! Happy Halloween!...XOXO🍂🎃👻
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