Just Where Did Halloween Come From?

Hi this is Leslie Harris. Happy Halloween!

Halloween started with an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. (pronounced sow win) On Samhain, people would wear costumes and light bonfires to ward off evil spirits.

In the 8th century, November 1st was declared All Saints Day, and included some of the traditions of Samhain. This is where the word Halloween comes from, as the night before All saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve.

Many people still observe Samhain by honoring nature as well as loved ones who have passed, and holding feasts and bonfires. It is said that the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest at this time of year, so many people will communicate with their departed loved ones.

It is also the changing of the seasons, and is honored as the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new year.

Whether you are celebrating Halloween, Samhain or both, I hope you are having a wonderful time. Take some time to reflect on the changes that are occurring, and maybe even talk to someone who is on ‘the other side.’