When is Hallowe’en?

Hallowe’en takes place on October 31st. it is a festival to celebrate autumn, just as May Day is a festival to celebrate spring. The name Hallowe’en means ‘hallowed, or holy, evening’.

Originally, the Hallowe’en festival was quite simple and was celebrated in church. But all over Europe, people looked upon this occasion as an opportunity to have fun, to tell spooky tales, and to scare each other. So instead of being devoted to the celebration of autumn, it became a holiday devoted to the supernatural, witches and ghosts.

Fact File:

The Druids were the first to introduce the idea of witches and ghosts into Hallowe’en. They believed that at midnight their god of death, Saman, called together all wicked souls.


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