Pagan Roots, Saints, Pilgrims, and Irish Potatoes
We have a spooky, eclectic mix stirring in the brew today!
Did you know Halloween got it’s name from All Hollowed’s Eve which is the day before Halloween? Confusing, right?
Actually, Halloween evolved out of the ancient pagan feast day of Samhain a.k.a. summer’s end/day of the dead. This day kicked off the Celtic New Year ushering in a time of death and rebirth. The Celts would don costumes and light bonfires among other activities.
Pope Gregory (731–741), changed All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1 when he dedicated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to saints everywhere. This was to honor the martyrs killed during the persecutions by the Romans.
In America, the Pilgrims banned the celebration of Samhain (Halloween) because they believed it was a celebration of witchcraft.
That is until 1845.
During the time of Ireland’s Great Potato Famine (1845–1846), Irish immigrants settled in America. They brought with them the old Druid festival of Samhain. (Halloween)
Gradually, it spread to the rest of the country. We currently know it as the night that spooky little goblins come to your house and threaten to trick you if you don’t give up the goods!
As you can see, we have an eclectic mix of information. Just like our articles.
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