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The Surprising Origin Of Halloween

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As you all know, Halloween is next Thursday.

Do you know how Halloween got started? 

It began in a way you wouldn’t expect.

Halloween is thought to have it’s origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

During this festival people would light bonfires and wear costumes.

Why? To ward off roaming ghosts.

Later in the 18th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs.

It became the holiday known as All Saints’ Day.

Overtime, the evening before All Saint’s Day became known as All Hallows’ Eve.

It later became known as Halloween.

How did it go from “All Hallows’ Eve” to “Halloween”?

Well, it comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve. In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een.

Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Halloween.

Since that religious beginning, Halloween has evolved into the secular, community-based event we all know with its emphasis on trick-or-treating. 


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