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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween's Origins Rooted In Ancient Times

This year on Oct. 31, kids will be trick-or-treating door to door or in public buildings. Adults will either be handing out candy, trick-or-treating with their kids or having a party to celebrate the evening. The one requirement for the evening is to be in costume.

Costumes and candy have not always been the highlight of Halloween. Halloween is derived from the merging of different holidays, including Celtic, Roman and Catholic festivals.

The Samhain (pronounced sow-in) festival was celebrated by the Celts more than 2,000 years ago. It was the end of the year for the Celts and the beginning of the dark, cold winter. Samhain, the Lord of the Dead, was thought to have assembled the spirits of the dead on this night. Full Story


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