Saturday, October 31, 2009

The History behind Halloween


The history is 2000 years old. The Celtic New Year marked the end of harvest season come October 31 and this was celebrated. The church adopted it and changed it here and there. Then the Irish brought the celebration over in the 1840s during the wave of potato famines. It first started as harmless tricks but it turned to blackmail and extortion in the 1930s. Give them candy or lose your house! I guess to put it in modern context, the homeowner might get threatened with torture?

[Youtube] Halloween in a Historical Context

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