Do you have any idea about the historical origins of our Modern Halloween? For example, the ancient Romans celebrated Feralia, another day in October when they celebrated the death of their ancestors. Pomona, the Goddess of love of fruit as well as trees, was honored on the 2nd day. The apple is Pomona's symbol, and the fact that it was incorporated into the Samhain likely explains the modern-day Halloween heritage of bobbing for apples.

The custom goes back to the early Celtic celebration of Samhain, even before people lit bonfires and dressed in colorful costumes to ward off ghosts. Pope Gregory III established November 1, the day to honor all Christian in the 8th century as All Saints Day. All Hallows Eve, as well as later Halloween, was the night before. Trick-or-treating, trying to carve jack-o-lanterns, celebratory gatherings, having to wear costumes, and wanting to eat treats have all become part of Halloween's tradition.

As we tell the ancient tales of Samhain, All Hallows' Eve, and why people are so weird about black cats, gather around the "bone-fire" ye merry spooky creeps.

Halloween is a mashup of different cultures and traditions - It originated with the Celtic people and was a festival called Samhain. The Celts believe
Source: BBC

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Trick-or-treating was done differently. During Samhain, sacrifices in the form of crops or animals were burned in bonfires (originally called bone fi

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Dishing out candy evolved from the All Saints' Day traditions. People still made bonfires and donned costumes, but instead of leaving food offerings o

At first, Halloween wasn't widely celebrated in the US. The Puritans in colonial New England didn't share the pagan traditions, and celebrating Hallow

The Irish popularized Halloween in the US. When Irish immigrants came to the US in the 19th century after fleeing the Great Famine, they brought with
Source: History.com

Originally, jack-o'-lantern was a person, not a pumpkin. It initially meant a man with a lantern, or a night watchman.

Jack-o'-lanterns then evolved to mean strange mysterious lights seen at night over swamps and marshes. These lights were created when gases from decom

The Irish had their own unique story for these jack-o'-lantern lights, and it revolved around Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack invited the devil for a drink b

Carving jack-o'-lanterns into pumpkins was a tradition that came from the British Isles, and they used different types of vegetables. They used turnip

There was a brief effort to purify Halloween. In the late 19th century, Halloween celebrations were focused away from ghosts and pranks and more towar

The Irish have a traditional Halloween bread. Called barmbrack (speckled loaf), the bread was originally baked to play a game of fortune. It would con
Source: Irish Times

owls had much of the same societal fate as witches. The ancient Greeks linked owls to the goddess Athena and saw them as symbols of wisdom, but during
Source: Rijksmuseum

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