All Hallow 's Eve ' Eve

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All Hallow 's Eve Whether or not you 're a believer in the supernatural, you have to admit there isn 't a day quite as mystical or spiritual as All Hallow 's Eve. The word "Halloween" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening". Its origins go back hundreds of years and its place in modern day culture is continuously evolving. A multitude of cultures see this day as the time when the veil between this world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. But, a very large number of people see this day as excuse to dress up, get drunk, and eat candy. So, what is it about Halloween that draws in millions of people every year? Is it a simple case of party fever, or is it something much more spellbinding? While not definite, many scholars believe All Hallows ' Eve began as a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals including possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Historian Nicholas Rogers notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain", which comes from the Old Irish for "summer 's end". It was held on or around the 31st of October through the 1st of November and kindred festivals were held at the same time of year by the Brittonic Celts; for example Calan
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