Updated: Jun 12
Bring out the jack-o-lanterns and spooky decor, it's Halloween!
History lesson! Halloween’s origins date back over 2,000 years ago to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced Sow-een). The Celts celebrated this time as the end of their year, since they only had two seasons. It falls halfway between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice and was meant as a time for celebration and the end of the harvest and the preparation of winter.
Other festivals from other cultures and religions fall at this time, such as the Catholic holiday, All Saint’s Day & All Hallow’s Eve, which honors known and unknown saints. Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated at this time to honor former relatives.
Samhain however holds many traditional roots to the well-loved holiday of Halloween. If you are wanting to connect and celebrate this spooky season the old fashion way, here are some traditional ways.
Have a Bonfire
Celts would have bonfires to symbolize the sun. They would continuously add wood to the fire, fueling it and representing the sun’s power to continue providing warmth and light