This October 31, banish ‘Halloween’ from your vocab list. Instead, think of a longer, broken down ‘All Hallows’ Eve’, and Samhain (summer’s end), an ancient Celtic festival. Think of a day where the living and the dead intersected. A day when ghosts were beckoned to predict the future and men costumed in animal heads and skins greeted them around a sacrificial bonfire.Sounds macabre? Perhaps. But that is how Halloween began. Out of the ashes of the ancient Irish pagan festival dating back 2,000 years. Halloween, the day of trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, gatherings and bizarre costumes, is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Eve.Close There’s more to Halloween than its etymology. If you do not have samhainophobia (a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of Halloween) read on. related news Book Excerpt | Writer Tamal Bandyopadhyay offers an insider story on the rot in India’s banking system Happy Halloween 2020: Wishes, greetings, messages to share on social media The definitive guide to luxury festive gifting The beginning: In 8th century Italy, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day. The evening before the main event became known as All Hallows’ (holy person, saint) Eve. By the 16th century All Hallows’… Read full this story
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