Halloween is originally known as ‘Samhain’ which marks the end of the harvest season for Celtic farmers. Now during this time the Druid priest will foretell whether their villages will withstand the winter by lighting bon fires and they would disguise themselves to confuse the spirits that lurked around.
Now it is said that in the 8th century Pope Gregory the third (III)established what is known as ‘All Hallows Day’ to try to distract the Celts from their pagan practice and instead used it to honor all saints known or unknown on Nov 1st. For a while the Europeans accepted this but they wanted to continue with what was started as the tradition and they changed the name from ‘All Hallows Day’ to All Hallows Eve’ which was a heathen tradition.
During this period the Americans never participated in this tradition because they never wanted to associate with such a heathen tradition until the Irish came to the US and in the mid 1900’s they continued with the tradition with their bon fires, and jack o’ lanterns and demonic made costumes. Trick or treat was originally known as ‘howling’ where they would go from home to home and pray for the soul of each family that passed in exchange for small cakes to eat.
This became a growing tradition for Americans by the 20th century and the Catholics used this time to remember the saints and the dead.This season usually takes place at the end of summer and just as the darker half of the year begins, where all the spirits good or bad come and walk among the living. The bonfires were used to ward of witches who are awaiting their punishment in hell and jack o lanterns were made out of crops to represent souls of the dead.
In other rituals on this particular night they offer up humans as a sacrifice. According to the Celtic druid tradition Oct 31st is their form of New Years Eve to celebrate every form of evil, the wicked and the dead. The colors for the devil and the wicked is orange, black, and red.
People wore disguises to confused the spirits because it is said the spirits come out at this time to seek revenge on those that harm them in the past lives. In Spain women bake pastries called ‘bones of the Holy’ and put it in the grave yards and witches have their worship services and offer up blood as a sacrifice to satan.
So Tell me again why are we celebrating Halloween?