Halloween 2009

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On 31st October, we celebrate Halloween, thought to be the one night of the year when ghosts, witches and fairies are especially active. No one really knows the origins of Halloween, what we do know for sure is that Halloween is on the eve of a major Catholic festival, All Saints (1st November) and the eve of a pagan Celtic Festival known as Samhain. The three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and Christian celebrations intertwined in a fascinating way and is a perfect example of superstition struggling with religious belief. Currently, it is widely believed that Halloween originated as a pagan Celtic festival of the dead related to the Irish and Scottish Samhain, but there is no evidence that it was connected with the dead in pre-Christian times.

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