Halloween History

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Authors of the article

Belyaev Anton, Katkova Tatyana

Form 5Г

School 28




Basic question

Is Halloween pagan rituals or just harmless jokes of kids and adults?


Where did Halloween come from?

How did the name 'Halloween' come about?

Would you like to know what Halloween is? Is it a vestige of pagan rituals or just harmless jokes of kids and adults?

By the way the history of this holiday is very interesting and you must know it anyway.

===Where did Halloween come from?===
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There are many different ideas about Halloween's origins. Some say it dates back nearly 6,000 years, while others argue that Halloween has a much shorter history. What most agree on is that Halloween's original focus was more about harvests than horror.

Some say the tradition began with the Celts, who lived thousands of years ago in what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1, which marked the end of summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter (the only two seasons the Celts recognized.) To help protect themselves and their crops during the long winter, the Celts staged a joyous harvest celebration called Samhain, which means "summer's end." Some say Celtic priests burned crops and animals as part of the celebration. They also supposedly wore costumes and told each other's fortunes at this time.

How did the name 'Halloween' come about?

By the 800s, Christianity had spread into Celtic lands and Pope Boniface IV named November 1 "All Saints' Day." It was a day to honor those who died for their beliefs. The celebration was also called "All-hallows" or "All-hallowmas". People began to call the night before it "All-hallows Eve." This name eventually became Halloween.

So many years ago Halloween was a pagan holiday and some rituals have survived.



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