The Origin of All Hallows Eve

Posted On October 27, 2020

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Halloween? Some people don’t consider Halloween a holiday (sigh), however its origins say otherwise.

The origins of this holiday dates back to ancient times as a Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced Sow-in) and it is celebrated annually on the last day of October. Celtic festivals originated in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany; these are also known as the Celtic nations.

The Samhain festival was celebrated by people having bonfires and dressing up in costumes in order to ward off spirits or ghosts. This soon changed, since in the 8th century, the Pope designated the holiday to November the 1st to honour all saints, thus the origin of All Saints Day, which did have some of the same traditions as the previous night; known as All Hallows Eve. This later became Halloween in colonial America in the early 1800s, which has now become a pop culture holiday where trick-or-treating occurs, pumpkins are carved and costumes are donned.

What are your plans for Halloween this year? Maybe join Insite’s Ghost Tour? Or dress up for some old-school trick-or-treating! Either way, make sure to enjoy the spookiest night of the year!

Written by Mel Ramage

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