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Halloween celebration and origins

Halloween, Hallowe'en, Samhain, All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Eve

Celtic Times

The Celtic festival of Samhain, which is now know as Halloween, celebrated the passing of the Celtic Old year into the Celtic New Year. It marked the end of the season of the sun and the beginning of darkness. The Celts worshipped many Gods and believed that the fertility of their crops was directly influenced by their Gods. On the 31st October all crops were harvested and a celebration led by The Druids took place. Bonfires were lit.

On this night the belief was that the veil of the spirit Otherworld would be drawn back and evil spirits would be summoned by Saman the Lord of Death. Divination would be practised this night as it was known as the best time to see into the future.

Mischief was practised on this day hence the modern 'Trick or Treat' celebrated on Halloween by children dressed in costumes and masks, which in some parts of the Celtic world is known as guising.

Christian Times

In spite of Britain becoming Christianised by the Roman Catholic Church, the Celts still held onto their old beliefs and continued to celebrate Samhain. Therefore, in 835AD it was decided by the Church to move the then All Saint's Day from 21st February to 1st November in an effort to eliminate the old religion. Departed relatives were prayed for, candles were lit and food was left for the souls of the departed.

Gift Selection

To celebrate your Halloween, why not give one of our Halloween Pumpkin or Witch gift bags which can be filled with sweets for your trick or treat visitors?

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