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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019. 1:53 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Trick or Treat, money or sweet, give me something nice to eat…..

The renowned tradition, Halloween is celebrated every year on October 31.

Adults and children dress in their favorite costumes and go door to door calling with the threat of pranks if they are not given a treat.

The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year.

In an interview with Boston University, Author of the book “Supernatural, Humanity and the Soul: The Highway to Hell and Back”,  Regina Hansen said that during the feast of Samhain, the people believed it was a time when ghosts and spirits came out to haunt, and the Celts would appease the spirits by giving them treats.

The Celts were a large group of Caucasian tribes in Europe.

The feast was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and parts of Britain.

Hansen noted that when Christianity arrived in Britain, it figured the best way to convert people was to incorporate their practices instead of banning them.

That is why, November 1 is the Christian Feast of All Saints and the next day is All Souls’ Day.

October 31 became the Eve of All Saints, or All Hallows’ Eve.

Hansen says that the practice of Halloween incorporates Christianity and pagan rituals.

 

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