History of Halloween (1)
Halloween has several origins.
One is the Roman feast “Pomona”.
Pomona was the Roman Goddess of fruits and seeds.
So this is a kind of harvest origin. As a Goddess Pomona represented autumn.
Another origin is the Roman feast of the dead which was called “Parentalia”.
Parentalia was dedicated to deceased parents and ancestors.
I guess most people know that Halloween is directly connected with the Celtic feast “Samhain”.
Samhain is an old Celtic festival. It means “the end of the summer”, the end of the half of the year which was full of light.
Interestingly we will slip the weekend before this Halloween from daylight saving time to standard time.
Evenings will become darker and darker.
With Samhain the darkness came back to world.
People had to store up food for winter. They would slaughter livestock to store it and to preserve those which where fit enough to make it through winter and slaughter those which wouldn’t make it through winter.
Samhain can be called as Celtic new year.
It was a tricky time.
Just like people say Halloween is.
The Celtic people believed that at Samhain the veil between the worlds will be drawn aside. The veil is thin at this time of the year.
One world is our world, the world of the living and the other one is the one of our ancestors, the world of the dead.
The Celts believed that those who are prepared could travel save to the “other side”.
But not everybody was prepared. And there where danger coming towards the alley in form of evil spirits.
At Samhain the Celts doused all fires, they lit up bonfires and brought home a new flame from the bonfire to re-lit their hearth.
They also hollowed large turnips, carved a face into them and placed them into their windows to ward off
Sounds familiar right?
We will see why and when they kicked of the turnip and switched over to pumpkins.
stay tuned in to learn more on the history of Halloween –
tomorrow we are going to talk about the role of the Catholic Church