Halloween was brought to the New World by
Among the Gaelic and Cymreig Celts in
The real Celtic holiday marked the beginning of the year and there was a belief that spirits, ghosts, and the Fairy Folk could easily cross over into our world as this happened. The costumes and masks are worn to ward off evil spirits, not to celebrate them. The Jack o' Latern also serves this purpose. One dresses up in a scary costume to scare the bee-jeepers out of goblins. Another aspect of Halloween is the end of the harvest and the giving of gifts of food. These two old traditions still make up the basis for our contemporary Halloween festivities.
The Gaels in
In anno domini 835 Pope Gregory IV changed the celebration for martyrs, and later all saints, from 13 May to 1 November, thus All Saints Eve fell on 31 October, on Samháin, which was then also known as All Saint’s Eve. From that date onward Halloween had very Christian roots attached to it. The following day was a Holy Day of obligation were in the mass all saints, even those not canonized, were remembered. Saints and holy people are called ‘hallowed’ in old English, and All Hallow’s Evening is what we now call Halloween.
Now because the Irish and Scottish Diaspora sent so many to
Halloween is a wonderful time, a tradition of Celtic Ireland and
Trick Or Treat from the