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Where Does Halloween Come From?

By: Patricia Abdo, Arts and Entertainment editor, The Pawprint

Every year Halloween is celebrated around the world on October 31. Kids and Adults dress up in all kinds of costumes. Houses are decorated, kids going trick or treating. But have you ever thought about how Halloween originated? 

It was 2,000 years ago. That is the time When Celts lived. They lived In what is now called the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. They used to celebrate new year on November 1, and they hosted a Celtic festival of Samhain. 

In the eighth century Pope Gregory III designated  November 1 to honor all the saints.  

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. 

On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To celebrate the event, people built huge bonfires where everyone gathered to burn animals and crops and to sacrifice the Celtic deities. During the celebrations Celts wore costumes consisting of heads and skin of animals in an attempt to tell the fortunes of each other.

When the celebration was over Celts  re-lit the fires to help and protect them during the cold winter.

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