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31/10/14 adults 1 & 2
Transcript of 31/10/14 adults 1 & 2
What is it about?
Halloween also known as Hallowe'en or Al Hallow's Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31. Halloween means "All Saints' Eve".
Halloween begins with the ancient
Celtic festival Samhain
, a time when ancient pagans store provisions to prepare for winter. On the night of October 31, that marked the
end of summer
and the beginning of winter, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred allowing ghosts of the dead to return to earth. Celts thought that the presence of the ghosts made it easier for the Druids, their priests, to predict the future. These predictions were an important source of comfort and direction for the Celts during their long, dark, frightening winters.
It borrows traditions from 4 different festivals...
1. The Celtic festival Samhain.
2. The Roman Feralia festival.
3. The Roman Pomona festival.
4. The Catholic Hallowmas.
Let's see how they influenced...
are the Halloween's traditional colors. Can you imagine why?
imagery includes theme of death, evil, the occult or mythical monsters.
Why do you think so?
Did you know?
How they celebrate it...
The Celts eventually were conquered by
, and about the year 43 AD two Roman festivals were combined with the Celtic Samhain festival. The first Roman festival was
, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of
. The second was a day to honor
, the Roman
goddess of fruit and trees
. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain.
The influence of Christianity expanded into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday, Pope Boniface IV designated
November 1st as All Saints' Day
, a time to honor saints and martyrs. The combined and updated celebration was also called
(from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called
toilet papering a house
spooky halloween facts
bonfire & ghost stories
Let's have our treat...
It is a traditional night time campfire treat popular in the USA and Canada. S'mores appears to be the contraction of the phrase "some more".