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The Origin of Halloween Traditions

 

 

 

On October 31st, we all enjoy the traditions, folklore and fun rooted in the celebration of Halloween or holy evening.  But many well known superstitions and symbols are connected with this holiday.

 

Ghosts and Goblins

Druids, in ancient times, believed that ghosts, spirits, fairies, witches and elves came out to harm people on this night.  The use of witches, ghosts and spirits in present-day festivities stems from these Druid beliefs.

 

Black Cats

The Druids also considered cats sacred because it was commonly accepted in their faith that cats were formerly humans who now bore the feline form as punishment for evil deeds.  The form of the black cat was bestowed upon the worst evil-doers. 

 

Jack-'O-Lantern

The tale of the Jack-O-Lantern has its roots in Irish folklore.  It is told that a man named Jack stood at the gates of Heaven but could not enter because of his miserly ways.  Hell refused him entry because he had played practical jokes on the devil.  With no place for his tired soul to rest, he was doomed to walk the Earth holding a lantern to await the coming of Judgment Day.

 

Leaves, Pumpkins and Cornstalks

The custom of decorating with leaves, pumpkins and cornstalks comes from the people of early Europe.  Every autumn they celebrated the harvest with a feast day by sampling the foods which had been grown during the summer.  Their decorations were comprised of natural elements that could be spared for the festivities.

 

" Trick or Treat"

During early times in the United States, Halloween was a time for playing harmless pranks.  As we prospered, home and business owners were given an option and a promise.  In return for a delicious "treat" like candy and apples, no pranks or "tricks" would be perpetrated upon their establishment or household.  "Absolute Blackmail!"

 

Present-day Halloween is generally celebrated with a party instead of house-to-house gathering.  Just remember...if you venture outside on Halloween when the moon is full, you might see the goblins dancing in the moonlight! 

 

 

 
 

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