Essay 7 - Cecilia Professor ENRU 23 February Li Powell 1100 2009 Traditions Come a Long Way Halloween is one of the holidays that we celebrate

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Cecilia Li Professor Powell ENRU 1100 23 February 2009 Traditions Come a Long Way Halloween is one of the holidays that we celebrate every year, as with most other holidays. It is a holiday that came to be because of “All Hollows Day”, better known as “All Saints Day”. This is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. However, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. This special day was called Samhain, the Celtic New Year. One telling of the story is that on that day, the spirits of those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. The belief was held that this was their only hope for the afterlife. By nature, the living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable. They then dress up in a manner of gruesome costumes and noisily marched around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess. These practices changed over time to become more ritualized. As belief in spirit
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2010 for the course ENRU 1100 taught by Professor Greenfield during the Spring '07 term at Fordham.

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Essay 7 - Cecilia Professor ENRU 23 February Li Powell 1100 2009 Traditions Come a Long Way Halloween is one of the holidays that we celebrate

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