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It’s Halloween Tonight Are You Prepared?

Have you got your treats ready for tonight?  I hope so you don’t want to get your house covered in egg.  Do you know what Halloween is a celebration off? Well read below and find out.

What is Halloween actually a celebration of? And how did this peculiar custom originate?

The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honour of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year.

One story says that, on that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living.

Naturally, the still-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 would then dress up in all manner of ghoulish costumes (similar to today's Halloween costumes), and noisily parade around the neighbourhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess. Some accounts tell of how the Celts would burn someone at the stake that was thought to have already been possessed, as sort of a lesson to the spirits

 “so now you know what Halloween is all about. If your having a Halloween party we hope you enjoy it” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.



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