Sep 12, 2009

Halloween: A History

Splitting a Pumpkin Before Feasting on a Thanksgiving Turkey
Halloween traces its roots to the Celtic people from northern France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Britain. The Celtic people were primarily hunters and herders celebrating two seasons of the year: the beginning of winter when the herds were brought into shelter and the beginning
of summer when the herds were outside in the pasture.

Winter came early in northern Europe - around November - and lasted approximately six months. Celts recognized the first day of winter as New Year's Day and only the best animals were brought into shelter on this day. All other animals were slaughtered for a New Year's feast and celebration. This New Year's feast was dedicated to Samhain, the Celtic Lord of the Dead.
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