Origins of Halloween

ShayLynn Albritton, Staff Writer

Halloween started as an Ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. Living 2000 years ago in what is now Ireland the Celts celebrated their new year on November 1. November 1 marked the beginning of the winter and the end of the summer and harvest.The cold dark winter was the time of year often associated with human death. Celts believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred on the night before the new year. October 31st they celebrated Samhain, when the ghosts of the dead were believed to return to earth. They also believed that on this night Celtic priests, or druids, were able to make easier predictions about the future through the presence of other worldly spirits. The Celtic priests would build huge sacred bonfires, where people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to Celtic gods. The Celts typically wore costumes consisting of animal heads and skins during the celebration,and attempted to tell each others fortunes.