Monday, October 26, 2009

Don't Know Much about Halloween

Did you know that Halloween began as a pagan holiday dating back to before the advent of Christianity? Formerly known as Samhaim (pronounced Sow-win) the holiday used to be celebrated earlier in the year to mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.

Though the original Halloween is very different than the one we’ll be celebrating this weekend, many of our current traditions are derived from the pagan holiday. To learn more about the hidden history of Halloween, including the origins of trick-or-treating, why Jack-o-lanterns are carved from pumpkins, and why mischief is such an integral part of the evening, please watch the video below featuring Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don’t Know Much About® series and America’s Hidden History.

1 comment:

  1. I liked the whole aspect of people
    putting on dead animal skins to
    fool the dead souls roaming around
    and kids going from house to house to
    get wood for that fire. What's so
    important about that ritual bonfire?

    Why was it that the dead souls which were
    dead relatives show up? Who created that
    part of the original Halloween legend?