Wednesday, October 29, 2008


2000 years ago, the Celts lived in the area now called Ireland, United Kingdom and northern France. At harvest, October 31, they celebrated Samhain…a time they believed that ghost of the dead returned to earth. Druids built huge bonfires. Celts dressed in costumes. When the celebrations were over, they lit their hearths with the fires from the bonfires thinking it would bring protection during the long winter.

In 800s, Christianity spread into Celtic lands. Pope Boniface IV designated November 1, as All Saints’ Day, to honor the martyrs and saints. The night before, the night of the Samhain, soon began to be called All-Hallows Eve.

AD 1000 the church made Novemeber 2, all souls’ day, to honor the dead. It was celebrated with bonfires, parades and with costumes of saints, angels and devils.

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Connie Rachal
~Sail into the past of intrigue and romance~BRIDE Of PASSION~

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