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Hallowe’en ’11

Posted by maribel on 31/10/2011

Snap-Apple Night, painted by Daniel Maclise in 1833.Snap-Apple Night, painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833. It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snap-Apple_Night_globalphilosophy.PNG

Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints’ Day. Much like Day of the Dead celebrations, the Christian feast of All Hallows’ Eve, according to some scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals honouring the dead, particularly the Celtic Samhain; other scholars maintain that the feast originated entirely independently of Samhain.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, watching horror films, as well as the religious observances of praying, fasting and attending vigils or church services.

Adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween

Watch here a video about the history of Hallowe’en: Haunted History of Hallowe’en.

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One Response to “Hallowe’en ’11”

  1. maribel said

    More information on Hallowe’en at http://www.history.com/topics/halloween.

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