Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween...


Happy Halloween!!!!

Drawing by Pamela Jo
Do you know the origins of Halloween?

Well according to History.com, it was a Celtic holiday. Check it out.

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

The above article is from The history channel website at www.history.com/topics/halloween 
The also have articles of Famous American Ghosts...like the ones that haunt the USS Constitution. The history of the Jack-o-latern...an Irish folktale about a man named "Stingy Jack" and lots of other fascinating things.


Since I live out in the woods and don't get trick or treaters, we will be spending our halloween watching monster movies.

How are you out in blogland going to spend yours?  Let me know in the comment section. While your there see if you can guess who my pumpkins are...hint 2 of them will really crack you up and the other one could solve problem of who the mischief makers are.






7 comments:

Theres just life said...

Oops, I almost forgot. On this day October 30th, 1938. The radio show that caused widespread panic was originally aired.

Happy 73rd Anniversery to Orson Wells' 'War of the Worlds'

Karen Mortensen said...

We usually don't get many trick or treaters either. My husband said we will turn off all the lights and go to bed early.

L'Aussie said...

Hi PJ. This is fascinating! Thanks for the history!

Happy Halloween!

Denise

anarchist said...

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Today, just give me the candy!

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

laurel an hardey and the other one is a chinese detective but I can't remember the name...oh....charlie chan I think.
thanks for dropping in on thefeatherednest

Theres just life said...

Delores, You guessed it. That's who I was thinking of when I drew them.