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Transcript of Halloween
Presentation by: Karina espinoza
Halloween is full of history, tradition, and money making it one of the most unique Holidays alive today.
Why i picked Halloween:
this presentation will include:
History of halloween
Halloween traditions today
- the history of Halloween
- Halloween traditions today
- the money behind Halloween
- Halloween statistics
I picked Halloween not only because I love celebrating it but also because of its interesting history.
- It started with the Celts 2,000 years ago
- The celts lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France
- On November 1st they celebrated their new year
- November 1st marked the beginning of the dark and cold. As well as the end of Summer and the harvest.
- They celebrated the Celtic festival: Samhain (pronounced sow-in) on October 31
- The Celts believed October 31 was the day the boundary between the living and the dead vanished
- They thought the dead would cause trouble like damaging crops
-They also felt that spirits would help the Druids (Celtic priests) predict the future
-the predictions provided comfort and direction during the winters
- To celebrate the Druids built huge sacred bonfires where the people would sacrifice animals and burn crops for the Celtic deities (gods)
- The Celtics also wore costumes usually made of animal heads and skins
- After extinguishing the fire they would relight it for protection during the winter.
- They would also leave food outside their house so ghosts would not enter
Roman Empire conquers Celtic territory
- 43 A.D. Roman empire conquered almost all of Celtic territory
- for 400 years romans ruled the celtic land
-during those years two roman origin festival were combined with Samhain
- a day Romans commemorate the dead in late october
- a day that honors the goddess of fruit and trees
- the apple symbolizes Pomona
- which is how bobbing apples came to be
All souls day
- Pope Gregory III changed All Saints day from May 13 to November 1
- 100 A.D. the church made November 2 All Souls' Day
- a day to honor the dead
- All Souls day was celebrated by
-costumes of angels, and devils
- "going a-souling" was taken up by children who visited houses in their neighborhood and were given ale, food, and money
- All Saints day was called also All-hallows or All-hallowmas
- Samhaim becan to be called All-hallows Eve then Halloween
Halloween Comes to America
- The potato famine in 1846 caused millions of Irish to imigrate to America
- They helpes popularize the celebration of Halloween all over America
- people would dress up and go house to house asking for food or money (trick-or-treating)
- by the 1920s Halloween became a community centered holiday
- Trick or Treating
- dates back to All Souls' Day when poor citizens would beg for food in exchange for prayer for their dead relatives
-In the Celtic era they would wear masks when out at night so ghost
confused them as spirits
- costume parties
- House decorating
- haunted houses
- pumpkin carving
- Celtics use to carve turnips and and light them up to scare of evil spirits
(according to National Retail Federation)
costumes for pets spending will be
Candy spending will be
Decoration spending will be
(according to National Retail Federation)
What makes Halloween is its interesting history, traditions and the power it has to bring a community together.
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