Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Ancient Meaning of Halloween

This is a clip from the movie "Halloween III: The Season of the Witch." In it, Dan O'Herlihy who plays Conal Cochran explains the ancient meaning of Halloween.

November 1st was celebrated as the New Year by the ancient Celts, people living in England, Ireland, and Northern France. What we now call Halloween, was the Celtic New Year's Eve. It was called the feast of Samhain.

Halloween was a day that modern "Ghost Hunters" would truly enjoy. According to Celtic beliefs, the barriers between the living and the dead were down on that day, so ghosts were all over.

Among the friendly ghosts, there were also evil ones. People had to wear costumes to disguise themselves as evil spirits. Then the evil ones would think that the disguised humans were actually one of them. In those days, the evil spirits weren't very smart. In modern times, because so many evil spirits spend a great deal of their time on facebook, they've lost all individuality, and some even believe they're the good guys.

Then came Christianity. They've changed the Celtic new year's eve, to the eve of "all saints" day. Instead of Samhain, they've called it "All Hallow's Eve," which later was shortened to Halloween. The custom of wearing costumes was still retained from Celtic times, and another custom called "trick or treating" was added. In this hi-tech age, the custom of "trick or treating," gives modern kids a break from texting and tweeting.

In the United States, Halloween has now become worth approximately 5 Billion Dollars in yearly sales.



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