Celtic Pagans launched Halloween on its long history with their Samhain festival in ancient Ireland some millennia ago. Within the early 600s, the influence of religion was introduced. Pagan festivals bothered the Pope and he hoped to quell the revelry with the imposition of All Saints Day. The American tradition of Trick or Treat is derived from an ancient Pagan festival, medieval Catholic practices and also the marketing of 20th century candy companies.
Holidays the way the Pagans did it
The history of Halloween begins with the Celts. Farmers would honor the sun with the festival, Samhain, at the end of summer in order for the sun to come back in the spring. The farmers were the Celts. As days got shorter and trees and plants went dormant, it was believed that the worlds of the living and dead grew closer. Samhain had been on the same day yearly. October 31 had been this day. The Celts built bonfires in memory of the dead, wore costumes and left food and drink outside overnight for ghosts. Candles were put in hallowed out vegetable that kids cut scary faces into in order to lure the spirits. The children would also go to their neighbors. Then they’d smash bottles and vegetables.
All Hallows related to the Pope
The modern version of Halloween is more from Pope Gregory III. All Saints Day had been announced by him as November 1. The Celtic Pagans were just fine with that. However, giving up their celebration of the dead and Samhain had been out of the question. Celts were allowed to party still as long as it was in honor of saints, said the Pope. Numerous started going door to door offering a prayer for a dead relative in exchange for food and drink. This was called “a-souling”. All Saints Day became known as All Hallows. Samhain, the night before, became known as All Hallows’ Even — Hallowe’en.
Don’t forget about trick or treat
All of the Irish immigrations within the 19th century brought Hallowe’en to The United States. Halloween trick or treating, initially seen as a form of extortion in the 1920s and ’30s, gained momentum nationwide within the late 1940s. Candy companies began recognizing what happening in the 1950s. It became something the companies heavily advertised. There is expected to be over $2 billion sold in candy just this year for Halloween reports the National Confectioners Assocations. The average American family will spend $20.29 on Halloween candy.
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