Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hallowe'en Day



Hallowe'en, name applied to the evening of October 31, preceding the Christian feast of Hallowmas, Allhallows, or All Saints Day. The observances connected with Hallowe'en are thought to have originated among the ancient Druids, who believed that on that evening, Saman, the lord of the dead, called forth hosts of evil spirits. The Druids customarily lit great fires on Hallowe'en, apparently for the purpose of warding off all these spirits.
Among the ancient Celts, Hallowe'en was the last evening of the year and was regarded as a propitious time for examining the portents of the future. The Celts also believed that the spirits of the dead revisited their earthly homes on that evening. After the Romans conquered Britain, they added to Hallowe'en features of the Roman harvest festival held on November 1 in honour of Pomona, goddess of the fruits of trees.

The Celtic tradition of lighting fires on Hallowe'en survived until modern times in Scotland and Wales, and the concept of ghosts and witches is still common to all Hallowe'en observances. Traces of the Roman harvest festival survive in the custom, prevalent in both the United States and Great Britain, of playing games involving fruit, such as ducking for apples in a tub of water. Of similar origin is the use of hollowed-out pumpkins carved to resemble grotesque faces and lit by candles placed inside. YOU MIGHT NEVER KNOW SOMEONE WILL BE VISITING YOU TONIGHT, SO LIGHT UP SOME CANDLES TO WARD OFF THE EVIL............Heheeeeeeeee

7 comments:

tulipspeaks said...

its eerie!

ammu.

Thinking aloud said...

must get my son to read this...he's been fascinated by all teh pumpkins which have landed out here :)

Vinesh said...

It is quite a masquerade party in the States :-)

whAt A LiFe said...

@ Tulipspeaks

Lol


@ Thinking Aloud

That's so cute.


@ Vinesh

So u must have enjoyed the party out there.... :p

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