Hello, there! Since it’s October, I decided to do a theme month on BleedingInk! You can be sure that October 1st comes, Halloween mood sets in my apartment! This year I will be doing a haunted house at my parent’s (as I will be in the middle of boxes in my new place) and I spent almost $300 on decorations and candy and to be honest with you, I’m 100% fine with it!
But Halloween is more than that, and this is the purpose of this blog today! I wanted to tell the real story of Halloween and how we came to Halloween today!
The story of Halloween is a bit complicated so I will try my best to came it as clear as possible!
A lot of the things we do today for Halloween are actually really serious ancient rituals. It’s a mix of legends, practices and traveling through many people.
Over 2,00 years ago, there was an ancient group that roamed what is now Ireland, UK, and the north of France. These people were called the Celts, we know them through mythology, druids, runes, magic etc.… One of their festivities called Samhain would be celebrated every year on November 1st, it marked the end of the summer and the beginning of winter, representing the darker side of life, and it represented the Celtic new year.
The day before the new Celtic year (October 31st), the Celts believed that the line that separated the living from the dead was weak and became blurred. Spirits would cross over from the other side and for one day they would freely roam among the living.
To protect themselves from the dead, the Celts started rituals. They would light bonfires and wear costumes made of dead animal heads and skins all day. It was also said that the powers of Druids would increase on this day, so the Celts would spend the day telling fortunes and predictions about harvests, romance, the end of life, and more. They then would extinguish the fire during the rest of the celebration and would only reignite it at the end to help protect them during the coming winter.
You might be wondering where the trick or treat is coming from, too? Well, on the same night, families would leave food and drinks out in front of their homes to offer the dead, to appease them.
The children of poor families would go door-to-door begging for food and money and in exchange they would offer to pray for the souls of their neighbors’ recently deceased loved ones. This was called ‘souling’.