October 31

A Thought: All Hallows’ Eve.

A day before we celebrate the saints. All Hallows Eve is the evening before All Saints Day, which was created by Christians to convert pagans, and is celebrated on November 1st. The Catholic church honored saints on this designated day. Different cultures view Halloween somewhat differently but traditional Halloween practices remain the same. Halloween can be traced back to the Druids, a Celtic culture in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe, with roots in the feast of Samhain, which was annually on October 31st to honor the dead.Samhain signifies “summers end” or November. Samhain was a harvest festival with huge sacred bonfires, marking the end of the Celtic year and beginning of a new one. Many of the practices involved in this celebration were fed on superstition.The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next year’s crops would be plentiful. This custom evolved into trick-or-treating. And THAT’s how Halloween started! So have a safe and good day, and watch out for those kiddos tonight!

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