It’s (almost) that time of the year again! Halloween! The time during which most people are looking forward to the creeps, and the time I am looking forward to Pumpkin Spice Latte because I’m a baby when it comes to horror. (Seriously, the scariest movie I’ve ever seen was My Bloody Valentine (about which I am told it’s nothing), I also believe I watched it because Jensen Ackles was in it). But let me come to the point and talk about Halloween.
The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samhain (/ˈsɑːwɪn/), one of the for big Celtic holidays. Samhain was celebrated from sunset October 31st to sunset November 1st, about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Celebrating Samhain, the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter, was widely observed in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Men. Samhain was considered a limited time frame when the Aos Sí (mostly believed to be remnants of nature spirits) could more easily come into our world. The tradition of costuming also goes back to ancient times; they are considered to imitate, or disguise oneself from, the Aos Sí.
The celebration is thought to have Pagan origins, and has since it’s beginnings been quite popular: it is mentioned in some of Ireland’s earliest literature as well as in Irish mythology. On Samhain the souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes, and places at the feast were saved from them.
Four Halloween facts for you here:
1) Today Halloween is mainly a highly commercialized holiday, coming right after Christmas
2) Originally Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips (have a picture)
3) Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween
4) A man named Jack who was denied entrance in both heaven and hell for tricking the devil is according to Irish legend the name-giver for Jack O’Lanterns. Condemned to wander Earth he lead people off their paths by waving his lantern at people.
Personally Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas even though I live in a country where it is rarely (basically never) celebrated, but I guess that’s why I am slightly obsessed with it.
So have a spooky day the all of you; I’ll be off to carve a pumpkin or so
talk to you soon,