Halloween or ‘All Hallows Eve’ is celebrated every October 31st, with costumes, lollies and the occasional party. Originally it was the Northern Hemisphere pagan celebration called Samhain which is Gaelic word for ‘Summer’s End’. This celebration is thousands of years old as it marked the end of the summer and the time when animals would be slaughtered to feed the community through Winter. It was thought that the veil between the world of the living and the dead was at its thinnest on this night– allowing people to remember and reconnect with their loved ones who had passed.
This connection with the world of the dead is where many of the ‘spooky’ elements of Halloween come from, like ghost and witch costumes. Here are some of the meanings behind Halloween.
Jack O’Lanterns. These carved out pumpkin lanterns are put outside the home or as a decoration at…
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