Turning Back the Clocks and A Little History About Halloween

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Don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend.

Also to day is Halloween. Did you know that Halloween dates back 2, sales 000 years to the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain, which is pronounced sow-in. The Celts lived in an area that is now known as Ireland. They celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day was marked as the end of Summer and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. The 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 October 31, they celebrated Samhain, it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. Celtics believed that the presence of these spirits made it easier for Celtic priests to make predictions about the future. These prophecies gave the people comfort during the long cold winter ahead.
Priests built huge bonfires for the Celtics to burn crops and and animals as a sacrifice to the spirits of the dead.

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During the celebration they wore costumes, typically of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other their fortunes. You can read more about this celebration, by going to link. I photographed these beautiful 18th century tombstones a few years ago in Charleston, South Carolina.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
Carole

One Response to “Turning Back the Clocks and A Little History About Halloween”

  1. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    Another interesting post! Thanks Carole, and Happy Halloween to you!

    Suzanne

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