Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Origin of Halloween
Halloween was never my favorite holiday. I can’t honestly say I remember any particular Halloween. I mean, seriously, we dressed up, we went trick or treating, we came home and we ate our candy. Okay, not all of it at once, my mother did ration it.
Does anyone even know how this holiday got started?
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). Over 2000 years ago the Celts celebrated their new year on Nov. 1st. It marked the end of summer and the beginning of the cold winter, a time often associated with death. They believed the night before the New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. They believed the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on Oct. 31st and caused trouble and damaged crops. To commemorate the event they built huge sacred bonfires and people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices. During the celebration the Celts wore costumes and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.
By the 800s the influence of Christianity spread into Celtic lands. Pope Boniface IV designated Nov. 1st as All Saints Day, also called All –hallows and the night of Samhain, became All-hallows Eve and eventually Halloween.
Today, America spends an estimated $6.9 billion annually on Halloween, making it the second largest commercial holiday. For me, well, while I enjoy watching the little ones trick or treat, but I much prefer Christmas.
As the second youngest of six children, Roseanne always had a vivid imagination and loved to make up stories. An avid reader, she often dreamed of becoming a writer. She started writing when her children were young, but only began submitting her work about six years ago. During a Book Club meeting, Roseanne admitted her dream to write. Members of her Book Club encouraged her to pursue her writing and to submit her work. The rest, as they say, is history.
Although Satin Sheets was her first published novel, Roseanne has over forty articles and stories published in magazines – Good Old Days, Nostalgia, and Ohio Writer and several online publications, as well as several books at Red Rose Publishing. She also teaches writing courses for Long Story School of Writing www.lsswritingschool.com .
Look for Roseanne’s books beginning in March 2011 at MuseIt Up Publishing. http://museituppublishing.com/musepub/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104&Itemid=82
You can learn more about Roseanne from her website http://www.roseannedowell.com/ or her blog http://roseannedowellauthor.blogspot.com/