The History behind Halloween Halloween Facts: Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
The Origins Of Halloween Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celts of Ireland, England, and northern France and their festival of Samhain (Sow-in). Halloween Fact: Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
About Samhain The Celts celebrated the end of the summer and the beginning of the harvest time on November 1st However the eve before they believed the boundaries between the living and the dead where weakened and the dead spirits would roam the earth. This was important to the Druid priest because they believed the sprits aided them in foretelling the future.
Celebrating Samhain When celebrating Samhain Druids would build bonfires where the Celtic people would gather to burn crop and animal offerings to their gods. Also the people would dress up in animal skins tell each others fortunes Halloween Facts: Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
The Beginning of Halloween By the 800’s Christianity had spread throughout Celtic culture and in the seventh century Pope Boniface IV designated November 1st as All Saints’ Day, a day to honor saints and martyrs. Some believe this was to replace the Celtic festival. Later November 2nd was called all souls day, together they were called All-Hollowsmas and the night before became All-Hollowseve.
Halloween comes to America Halloween celebration was around in early American but mostly in the southern colonies. However it wasn’t until the mass Irish immigration due to the potato famine of 1846 that Halloween became popular around the country. Halloween Facts: Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Trick or Treating Trick or treating is believed to have come from the English All Souls day parade where the poor would ask for food and money from families, and the families would given them a pastry called a “soul-cake” By the 1950’s in the US had developed from small community parties into widespread holiday mostly for children to receive treats in payment to keep them from performing tricks.