Today’s Halloween Traditions

Posted in General on June 9th, 2011
halloween costumes

Halloween is one of the most popular celebrations of the year. This traditional day is not a paid holiday, but despite this it is important in our culture. More candy is sold for this day than for any other holiday throughout the calendar year, including Easter, and it ranks third for the most parties thrown, coming in behind Christmas and New Year’s Eve. There are so many things that come to mind, images that are conjured, when someone thinks of the word Halloween and while there are religious groups that denounce it, it is a celebration that is here to stay. What makes this celebration so popular and fun? Let’s take a look at the Halloween traditions of today. Halloween costumes What can be more fun than dressing up in your favorite costume on Halloween? Probably the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Halloween is the idea …

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The Haunting History of Halloween

Posted in General on June 9th, 2011
Trick or treat?

Trick or treat? We all know Halloween, October 31st, the night of ghoulish fiends, trick-or-treating, and costume parties galore. Amongst all this scary fun people might wonder where this tradition began. Halloween has a fascinating history that is long and varied and begins way back in Celtic times. The traditional Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-en), was considered to be the Celtic New Year and it holds the very roots of the modern-day tradition of Halloween. It was at this time that the Celts were wrapping up their harvest season and preparing for winter. This was also the day that these people believed that the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead was at its thinnest, allowing the spirits of the dead to pass through into the living world. Costumes tradition The tradition of wearing costumes is tied up in this belief that the …

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