Some Halloween spook stories continue to surface, although there is little substance behind it.
Examples include satanic cults that sacrifice black cats on Halloween. Another is candy tainted by poisons, needles, or razor blades. There are no substantiated reports of a child being killed or seriously injured by a contaminated treat picked up while out trick-or-treating.
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According to the American Folklife Center, Celts often wore costumes to confuse spirits. Celts also wore masks or blackened their faces to impersonate dead ancestors.
An early form of trick-or-treating involved Celts, costumed as spirits, to have moved from house to house, exchanging food and drink for silly acts.
Halloween originated more than 2,000 years ago. Europe's Celtic people celebrated their New Year's Day on November 1.
On the eve - what we know as Halloween - spirits were believed to walk the Earth as they traveled to the afterlife.
Samhain, the Celtic peoples New Year's Day, was changed by the seventh century Pope Boniface IV to All Saint's Day, or All Hallows' Day. Later it was name Halloween.
European immigrants brought Halloween to the United States, but it only became more known in the 1800s, when Irish-American immigration increased.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, in the area that is now Ireland. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
Make room in this season to turn inward and become still.
Are you overcoming your fears and go after your dreams? When we can acknowledge your impermanence without letting feelings take over your awareness, such thought can also be inspiring.
A festival is an event that is commemorated for the characteristics or aspects it shares with various religions or cultures.
Moreover, a festival constitutes typical cases of glocalization -- modified imported cultural practices or ideas that conform with the local norms. Festivals were often done to fulfill specific communal purposes, but there are others also celebrate oneness among others.
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