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Halloween is an annual celebration, but just what is actually being celebrated? How did this peculiar custom originate? Is it, as some claim, a kind of demon worship, or is it just a harmless vestige of some ancient pagan ritual?
Halloween Quick Facts:
Halloween's origins date back some 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.
Samhain, or Halloween, is also known as All Hallow's Eve, Hallowmas, Day of the Dead, Third Harvest, Hallowstide, and Celtic New Year.
Sometimes called the Witches' New Year's Eve, the dark half of the year commences on October 31st.
Samhain, traditionally known as the meat harvest, is possibly the best-loved Sabbat of many Pagans as well as the third and final harvest festival in the "Wheel of the Year".
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. They combined their own festival for the passing of the dead with Pamona and Samhain.
This might explain bobbing for Apples on Halloween.
The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine.
The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called souling.
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