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Article: What Is Halloween & Where Does It Come From

What Is Halloween & Where Does It Come From

With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted to share the festive spirit. Do you know where Halloween originates from? Read on to find out!

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Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhaina festivity that marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. The holiday was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Mann and Wales at the end of autumn.

The time was considered a transitional time between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. during which, it was believed to be easier for spirits to enter into the world of the living. 

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In the Christian tradition, Halloween marks the beginning of a three-day observance known as Hallowtide, or the Hallowmass season—the time of the year when we celebrate those who are dead. The timing of the holiday coincides with an ancient Celtic holiday, Samhain, which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.

The traditional Halloween colors of black and orange also traces back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. For the Celts, black represented the “death” of summer while the orange symbolized the autumn harvest season. 

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There is a debate around the origins of trick-or-treating, with several theories on its origins. A popular theory is that during Samhain, Celtic people would leave food out to appease the spirits travelling the earth at night. Over time, people began to dress as these unearthly beings in exchange for similar offerings of food and drink. 

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