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The Haunted History of Halloween - by wowprezi
Transcript of The Haunted History of Halloween - by wowprezi
by wOw Prezi
by wOw Prezi
Ages Ago… when history was short and winters were dark…
Tribes of Celtic farmers believed there was one day a year when the season of life meets the season of death
When malevolent spirits rise from their graves, and walk amongst the living
On a day when so many spirits lurked, Druid priests used for foretell whether or not their villages would survive the winter
It was Celtic Ireland, B.C. and that day was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-win); the Celtic word for Summer’s End
Ordinary Celts lit bonfires and disguised themselves to confuse and repel the spirits
In the 8th century, in a likely attempt to distract the Celts from their pagan practice, Pope Gregory the 3rd established “All-Hallows” day honoring all Saints known and unknown on November 1st
Europeans accepted the new holiday, but saw no reason not to enjoy their traditional rituals as well, and Samhain became All-Hallows Eve
Predictably, the heathen tradition held no value to America’s first puritans, and so it, like Europe, was left behind
Until the mid-nineteenth century, a great famine drove over a million starving Irish and their folklore across the Atlantic and into America’s port cities
The roaring bonfires shrank to lanterns carved from gourds, otherwise known as the first jack o'lanterns
And the Celts demonic attire became the costumes of modern-day Halloween
The origins of trick-or-treating remain unclear
It is believed to have stemmed from a custom in which the poor would go from home to home and pray for the family members who had died in exchange for small cakes to eat
Halloween’s appeal transcends age, appealing to both children and adults alike
The truth is frightfully clear, not even a silver bullet could stop Halloween now
It’s a day to step into costume, gorge on sweets, throw ghoulish galas and scare ourselves silly!
An ocean from home, and immersed in the American melting pot, their traditions began to change
From there, it was a short walk to the name we all know today: Halloween