Halloween Was Popular 2000 Years Ago Too
By Trina Bernal
If you went back 2000 years ago, your neighbors went out of their way to dress themselves as ghosts not for entertainment, but for protection from roaming ghouls!
Halloween originated from this ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), that fell on October 31. According to History online, Celtics lived in Ireland, the UK, and Northern France, where on “the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.” Which came in handy, because the Celtic people heavily relied on the guidance of spirits. With spirits drifting about, Druids (Celtic priests) had an easier time foreseeing the future, making it easier for Celtics during the agonizingly long freezing winter days.
When Rome overtook the Celtics’ land 43 A.D., two similar festivals were made to the effect of Celtic Samhain traditions; Feralia where the passing are honored in a solemn way, and Pomona, a Roman goddess of apples, was celebrated. From the second festival of Pomona, “bobbing” for apples was created. And is one of the many fun activities you can do on Halloween!
Eventually, by 700 AD (8th century), Christian churches also joined in and adopted the core principles of Samhain, commemorating those lives who’ve passed. This Christian tradition still exists today, known as All Saints’ Day. This falls on November 1.
And do you know what the night before is known as? All Hallow’s Eve, better known as Halloween. By the 1950’s, people donned on a ghost costume not because, of prying spirits but because it’s fun and candy is received!
Today in America, $6 billion is spent for Halloween costumes and candy. It is the second most commercially expensive holiday after Christmas, as Halloween became a more modern, family-friendly holiday that welcomes almost anyone with a sweet tooth!