Friday, October 31, 2008
'Tis All Hallows Eve...
Did you know Halloween got its origins from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain?
Samhain is celebrated at the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain is regarded as the "Celtic New Year." During the festival the ancient Celtic pagans took stock of supplies and slaughtered livestock for the winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the living and the dead became very thin, and the dead caused problems for the living through plague or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were cast to ward off evil spirits. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.
So if you are traveling this eve, be wary of what, or who, might be following...