This is a reposting of a blog I did last year about the origins of Halloween.
All the details will still be the same and as Halloween is not very far away I thought you might like to read it again. As yet I have not made any Halloween jewellery, so here is a piece of jewellery that is one of my favourites.
In this week's blog post I am going to write about the origins of Halloween.
Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve and is celebrated every year on 31 October which is the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday honouring the dead and dates back over 2000 years ago. All Hallows Eve is the evening before All Saints Day which is celebrated on 1 November, and was created by Christians to convert pagans. The Catholic Church honoured Saints on this day.
On 31 October many years ago, the Celts had a harvest festival called "Samhain" (which means end of summer) to honour the dead. They had huge sacred bonfires to mark the end of the Celtic year and the beginning of a new one. The Celts believed that the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits are friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil spirits and to ensure that the crops would be plentiful for the next year. This custom evolved into trick - or - treating.
Trick - or - treating is also known as guising, where children dress up in costumes and go from door to door saying "Trick or treat" when someone answers the door. If the person answering the door does not wish to see a trick performed, they give the guisers a treat such as chocolate or money.
Lanterns made from pumpkins or turnips are also popular on Halloween. To make a lantern, you cut off the top of the pumpkin or turnip, scoop all the flesh out which you can put aside to cook later (waste not want not), and cut out holes in the front to make a face. Then place a candle inside, light it and put the top back on. You now have your lantern. I loved making a lantern with my children when they were little.
We also used to "Bob for apples". We would fill a dish with water and put some apples in which would float on the top. We would then take a turn trying to catch an apple in our mouth which is harder than you think. It was good fun though.
If you wish to find out more about the history of Halloween then either visit this website http://www.halloween-website.com/history.htm
or do a search of your own on the internet.
On a jewellery note, I should maybe make some Halloween jewellery which I have not done as yet. Maybe I will next year.
Please leave a comment regarding Halloween and what you think of it or just leave a comment regarding anything.