Friday, October 30, 2015

🎃 October 31, 2015: Hallowe'en

🎃 October 31 - Hallowe'en

From Wikipedia...
Halloween, or Hallowe'en (/ˌhæləˈwn-ˈnˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of "All Hallows’ Evening"),[5] also known as Allhalloween,[6] All Hallows' Eve,[7] or All Saints' Eve,[8] is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of theWestern Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide,[9] the time in the liturgical yeardedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.[10][11]

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals,[1][12] with possible paganroots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain.[7][13][14] Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.[1][15]


The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745[26] and is of Christian origin.[27] The word "Halloween" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening".[28] It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day).[29] In Scots, the word "eve" is even, and this is contracted to e'en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)enevolved into Halloween. Although the phrase "All Hallows'" is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, all saints mass-day), "All Hallows' Eve" is itself not seen until 1556.[29][30]

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