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Halloween : The History And History Of Halloween

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Halloween was originally celebrated by the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, the UK, and parts of Northern France. November 1st was the beginning of their new year and they believed that the day before, October 31st, was a day when the living in the dead came together. Later, the Christian Church declared November first as All saints day also known as All Hallows Day, which was created as a holy day to honor the saints of their religion. The day before then became All hallows Eve which later became the holiday we know as Halloween. Much like the Celts the Christians believed that on this day the spirits of the dead would visit earth. Halloween is a holiday that has evolved overtime by building on ancient traditions, such as costume wearing, trick-or treating, having fires, and carving Jack-O-Lanterns. The tradition of wearing costumes has European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago Winter was a frightening time for many people. Food supplies was scarce and the days became shorter so darkness came quicker which was especially concerning for those afraid of the dark. So on Halloween when spirits were thought to have come back to Earth, people believed that if they left their house after dark they would come into contact with ghosts. To avoid being recognized by the spirits this they would dress up to trick the spirits into mistaking them for fellow ghosts. Now days we dress up as witches, firemen, faires, puppies, ninjas, and all sorts of other things. Instead of
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