Halloween the annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31 has roots in age-old European traditions.
…Or shall we say it’s been … “ Scaring people since the 9th Century! ”
On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church.
Pope Gregory III then later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs.He then moved the observance from 13th May to 1st November.
Soon, All Saints Day as it is known incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.
By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites.
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on 1st November.
This day marked the end of summer, the new harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winters! .. Don’t we just love it! This time of year was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
On the night of 31st October, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
And so Halloween was born.
Long live the pumpkin!!