The History of
believe there is no point to Halloween. There is no history. It is
just a made-up holiday dedicated to scary things. Granted it is a
far-out holiday, but many people do not know is that Halloween has
as rich a history & past as most other holidays.
Christmas, Easter & Valentines Day have duel origins, so does
Halloween, consisting of both Pagan & Christian beginnings.
Halloween, anciently & presently, is celebrated as the first day of
Hallowmas Triduum or Allhallowtide Triduum. In the Roman Catholic
Church, Triduum's include three observances or celebrations. The
Hallowmas is 3 days, Halloween (Oct 31st), All Saints Day (Nov 1st)
& All Souls Day (Nov 2nd). Actually Halloween is the initiation, All
Saints Day is celebrated to honor the Saints and All Souls Day is
to pray for the souls of the dead, in western churches.
But , many of
the traditions of Halloween come from Pagan rituals in Ireland. Such
as, during the fall, Britons would have large bonfires to
commemorate their Sun God who gave them the light to grow their
crops. They also celebrated the 'Lord of Death' who gathered the
souls of the people who died at the end of the year and brought them
back in the bodies of animals. In some Protestant countries, where
Roman Catholics still lived and celebrated Allhallowtide, the
protestants would scare the Catholics on Halloween. Historians
believe this started the tradition of scaring people on Halloween.
mostly known for 'trick or treating'. During the three days of
Hallowmas, beggars would go door to door and ask for a 'cake or piece
of fruit'. In return the beggars would pray for the deceased members
of that family or household. They would say things like "Soul, soul
an apple or two, if you haven't an apple a pear will do. One for
Peter, two for Paul and three for the man who made us all.
remains an important holiday, whether religious or secular. But it
is a holiday with a past that must be learned to understand what it