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Samhain – the origins of Halloween

Did you know that the origins of Halloween can be traced back to Ireland? That’s right – the holiday we all know and love has its roots in a centuries-old Celtic festival called Samhain. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the history of Halloween and how it came to be the spooktacular holiday we celebrate today.

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Depiction of Celtic Festival at Halloween

Samhain was a Celtic festival that was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. It marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter, and was a time when people would gather to feast and celebrate the harvest. Bonfires played a big role in Samhain celebrations, and people would often dress up in costumes made from animal skins to ward off evil spirits.

The first recorded mention of Samhain is in a poem from the 10th century, but it is believed to have been celebrated long before that. Over time, Samhain became linked with Christianity, and eventually became what we now know as Halloween. Today, people around the world continue to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes, going to parties, and eating lots of candy!

So there you have it – a brief history of Halloween. The next time someone asks you where this spooky holiday came from, you can tell them all about its Irish origins.

Have a happy (and safe!) Halloween!