Trivia: Are You Celebrating Halloween or Samhain?

October 30, 2016

It’s a trick question because historians believe that Halloween actually originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Why? Well people celebrated Samhain by dressing up and building bonfires to keep ghosts away, which except for the bonfire part, resembles how we celebrate Halloween today. Then in the eighth century, or from the years 701 to 800, Pope Gregory III declared November 1st All Saint’s Day, a day to celebrate and honor all of the saints. The holiday borrowed some of the traditions of Samhain. The day before this holiday was called Hallow’s Eve, which later became Halloween. Now, Halloween is more about dressing up in costumes and going trick-or-treating. Want to know another interesting factoid about Halloween? Candy used to be left alongside the streets as a way of lighting a path for loved ones who had died.

We don’t know about you, but here at Xyza, we’re ready to get our costumes on to celebrate one of our favorite holidays of the year. Boo!

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