Legend of All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve
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Celebrating All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve (Halloween) is a time for goblins, ghosts, and witches. It’s also a time to connect with your roots and enjoy the traditions of your ancestors. Halloween is an ancient tradition that has been passed down through generations. The origins of this celebration are shrouded in mystery. However, we can still learn a lot about it by examining the history behind All Hallows Eve.

The origins of this holiday, as well as its history, are shrouded in mystery. There are numerous accounts that attempt to explain the origin of this holiday, but none have been verified.

We do know that it was once celebrated by ancient civilizations such as the Druids and Celts in Ireland and England respectively. These ancient civilizations used their own traditions to celebrate the holiday. It involved various rituals including sacrifices and celebrations at certain times of the day. They also believed that spirits walked among us during this time; it was believed that these spirits could be contacted if we performed certain rituals during All Hallows Eve.

All Hallows Eve, Day Before a Christian Holiday

It’s the day before All Saints Day, and it’s a time to honor the dead.

All Hallows Eve is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ and his apostles. It is also called All Saints Day or Hallowmas, which means “hallow” in Middle English. The night before this holiday is called All Hallows Evening – today it is known as Halloween.

On this night, people light candles for their loved ones who have died so they can find their way home from purgatory if they’re not ready to be at peace yet. It’s an opportunity for you to reflect on your own life and give thanks for what you have instead of worrying about what you don’t have in life.

The roots of the All Hallows Eve tradition can be traced back to Ireland, where people would light bonfires and perform rituals to honor their ancestors. The Irish were among the first immigrants to bring this tradition to America, and it has become a beloved custom in many countries around the world.

The Wiccan perspective

The origins of the name “All Hallow’s Eve” are contested, with some believing that it stems from the Christian tradition of All Saints Day being held on November 1. Others believe that it stems from an English folk belief that evil spirits roamed at night during this time of year and would attempt to enter homes through windows or chimneys. Whatever its origin, All Hallow’s Eve was a night of fear for many people hundreds of years ago. It was a time when witches were thought to roam freely around Earth and wreak havoc upon unsuspecting townsfolk. This fear led to many rituals among different groups across Europe:

In Wales, they believed that spirits would come out at midnight on October 31 to torment those who had died violently before their time. The Scottish thought witches gathered together to ride broomsticks through the air. In Ireland, they believed that souls went out into the world between sunset and sunrise every Halloween. While in England they believed witches flew through windows on broomsticks after midnight on October 31 searching for children’s blood or eggs that had been left out by farmers during the springtime. Some still believe this today.

Jack O Lantern and Costumes

All Hallows Eve
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The Jack O Lantern is a staple of Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve, but they are not the same thing as pumpkins. Jack O Lanterns are made from pumpkins, which can be found in supermarkets year-round. However, they do not taste like pumpkins when candied or roasted. Jack O Lanterns were first used by Irish immigrants who emigrated to America and took along their traditions with them. It is believed that jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland as well.

Legend has it that a man named Stingy Jack invited the Devil for dinner one night after he died. The Devil had agreed to let him out of hell on a bet. When he got there, however, he tricked the Devil into climbing up through his chimney so that he could get away from him. But once you’re in hell there’s no coming back out. To keep him busy while he waited for his turn on earth again (another 400 years) Stingy Jack carved out an orange with the face of a man named Boneytooth. On one side then stuck it in his front door where everyone could see it light up at night.  Thus was born the tradition known as “Jack o’lanterns.”

If you want your costume to look great this year try checking out some cool costumes before making any decisions.

Legend Behind All Hallows Eve

All Hallow’s Eve is a day of the year to celebrate and remember some of the most memorable people who have passed on. It is also known as All Saints’ Day, All Hallows’, or Hallowmas. This holiday has its roots in Christian culture. However, it has become an event that allows everyone to celebrate death in their own way.

In most Western countries, this holiday falls on the 31st of October every year. It was originally celebrated on November 1 until Pope Gregory IV changed it to coincide with All Saints’ Day. Which was already celebrated in England at that time. Some believe that the name Halloween comes from All Hallows Eve. This means the evening before nightfall when all saints were believed to rise from their graves for one night only.

The tradition of dressing up like ghosts or other scary beings came about because people wanted to avoid being mistaken for witches. Those deemed a witch was often persecuted during this time of year. This was due to superstitions around witchcraft and demons! It eventually became common practice for children everywhere — even today. In Britain and Ireland especially; children still go trick-or-treating door-to-door dressed as witches or ghosts.

Halloween is a time to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have passed on. It has become a holiday that is celebrated by people all over the world. They do so in many different ways. Whether you are dressing up as your favorite superhero or dressing up as someone who died at an early age due to an illness, there are many ways that people choose their costumes depending on their culture or religion.

Written by Sheena Robertson

Sources:

Holiday Insight: Halloween Traditions, Facts, Origin. All Hallows Eve.
History: Halloween: Origins, Meaning & Traditions
World History: History of Halloween

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Top and Featured Image Courtesy of Daniel’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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