Day 31: Research Halloween and make a entry.
Actual definition: Halloween- the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and solicit candy or other treats door-to-door.
Celtic Roots: Samhain
Most of the traditions of Halloween date back to Samhain (sow-en), the ancient Celtic New Year. Samhain, which translates to “end of summer,” occurred around the end of October, when the weather started to get cold.
In medieval times, one popular All Souls’ Day practice was to make “soul cakes,” simple bread desserts with a currant topping. In a custom called “souling,” children would go door-to-door begging for the cakes, much like modern trick-or-treaters. For every cake a child collected, he or she would have to say a prayer for the dead relatives of the person who gave the cake. These prayers would help the relatives find their way out of purgatory and into heaven. The children even sang a soul cake song along the lines of the modern “Trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat, give me something good to eat.” One version of the song went:
A soul cake! A soul cake! Have mercy on all Christian souls, for A soul cake!
- The Traditions of Halloween (tvaraj.com)
- All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and The Celtic Festival of Samhain (tvaraj.com)
- Samhain – All Hallows Eve (lionsandlilies.wordpress.com)
- Halloween: Its Creation and Recreation (calvinistinternational.com)
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