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18th Aug '17 6:30:48 PM Mdumas43073
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The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), which means "summer's end." The ancient Celts believed that the "veil" between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin from the night of October 31st through to the night of November 1st. It was the Celtic new year, a time when spiritual power heightened, marking the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter. Samhain was then adapted into the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, or "All Hallows Eve," which was then contracted into "Halloween." Originally, in the seventh century, All Saints' Day was celebrated on May 13th, right after Easter. A few centuries later, it was shifted to November, to incorporate Celtic Samhain traditions in an effort to convert pagans. Some Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time.

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The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), which means "summer's end." end". The ancient Celts believed that the "veil" between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin from the night of October 31st through to the night of November 1st. It was the Celtic new year, a time when spiritual power heightened, marking the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter. Samhain was then adapted into the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, or "All Hallows Eve," which was then contracted into "Halloween." Originally, in the seventh century, All Saints' Day was celebrated on May 13th, right after Easter. A few centuries later, it was shifted to November, to incorporate Celtic Samhain traditions in an effort to convert pagans. Some Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time.
18th Aug '17 6:30:23 PM Mdumas43073
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The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), which means "summers end." The ancient Celts believed that the "veil" between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin from the night of October 31st through to the night of November 1st. It was the Celtic new year, a time when spiritual power heightened, marking the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter. Samhain was then adapted into the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, or "All Hallows Eve," which was then contracted into "Halloween." Originally, in the seventh century, All Saints' Day was celebrated on May 13th, right after Easter. A few centuries later, it was shifted to November, to incorporate Celtic Samhain traditions in an effort to convert pagans. Some Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time.

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The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), which means "summers "summer's end." The ancient Celts believed that the "veil" between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin from the night of October 31st through to the night of November 1st. It was the Celtic new year, a time when spiritual power heightened, marking the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter. Samhain was then adapted into the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, or "All Hallows Eve," which was then contracted into "Halloween." Originally, in the seventh century, All Saints' Day was celebrated on May 13th, right after Easter. A few centuries later, it was shifted to November, to incorporate Celtic Samhain traditions in an effort to convert pagans. Some Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time.
16th Aug '17 7:03:43 AM NyxShadowhawk
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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture, and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Though the general public recognizes Halloween as a secular holiday, both Christians and Neopagans continue to recognize it as a holy day, sometimes by visiting cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.

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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture, and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Though the general public recognizes Halloween as a secular holiday, both some Christians and Neopagans continue to recognize it as a holy day, sometimes by visiting cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.
16th Aug '17 6:55:43 AM NyxShadowhawk
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The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from two older holidays: the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, and the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), a time when spiritual power heightened, which marked the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter. "Halloween" is short for All Hallows' Eve, the evening before All Saints' Day. Originally, in the seventh century, it was celebrated in May or April, right after Easter. A few centuries later, All Saints' Day was shifted to November, a change that originated in Germany before spreading through the Roman Catholic world. The Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time, as Celtic mythology also held it to be the day when the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms grew thin, as they wanted to keep the holiday free from such associations.

Though the origins and connotations of the festival stem from Samhain, most of the rituals and traditions currently associated with it have Christian roots, originating in the medieval and early modern period. Today, the general public recognizes it mainly as a secular holiday.

Halloween was imported to the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century, a time that saw substantial [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish]] and Scottish migration to the New World. Back in this time, Halloween in North America was more of a celebration of Irish and Scottish national heritage than anything else, much like St. Patrick's Day for Irish Americans or Columbus Day for Italian Americans. It was celebrated with large feasts, apple bobbing, and divination games, as well as pranks and mischief. By the turn of the century, the "pranks and mischief" had become the defining feature of Halloween, turning it into a night of vandalism. As a result, the Boy Scouts and neighborhood groups started working to turn Halloween back into a safe celebration, organizing trick-or-treating events based around the old practice of "guising" to redirect the focus of the festivities away from violence. With Halloween now becoming a popular celebration outside of Welsh, Irish and Scottish neighborhoods, retailers seized upon a brilliant opportunity to have a new holiday to secularize and commercialize. While there was some commercialization going on before (mass-produced costumes were appearing in [[TheGreatDepression the 1930s]]), it really took off after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and it hasn't stopped since. Also, sometime around the TurnOfTheMillennium came the emergence of the HotterAndSexier, more {{Stripperiffic}} Halloween for young adults, opening up a whole secondary market for businesses to cater to.

Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Christians (and Pagans) in some parts of the world ignore the commercialized variety, considering Halloween separate from All Saint's Day/Samhain. They visit cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.

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The roots of what we now know as Halloween are descended from two older holidays: the Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day, and the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), which means "summers end." The ancient Celts believed that the "veil" between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin from the night of October 31st through to the night of November 1st. It was the Celtic new year, a time when spiritual power heightened, which marked marking the last harvest, the end of foraging for livestock, and the beginning of winter. "Halloween" is short for All Hallows' Eve, Samhain was then adapted into the evening before Catholic celebration of All Saints' Day. Day, or "All Hallows Eve," which was then contracted into "Halloween." Originally, in the seventh century, it All Saints' Day was celebrated in on May or April, 13th, right after Easter. A few centuries later, All Saints' Day it was shifted to November, a change that originated to incorporate Celtic Samhain traditions in Germany before spreading through the Roman Catholic world. The an effort to convert pagans. Some Orthodox churches continue to celebrate it in April, as did the Irish for a time, as Celtic mythology also held it to be the day when the barrier between the mortal and spirit realms grew thin, as they wanted to keep the holiday free from such associations.

Though the origins and connotations
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of the festival stem from Samhain, most of the rituals and traditions currently modern practices associated with it Halloween have their roots in these two old festivals.
* People would disguise themselves if they went out on Hallow's Eve, so the spirits would mistake them for one of their own and leave them alone.
* The Celts believed that if a spirit came to your house, you had to feed it, or it would curse you. This, combined with the related
Christian roots, originating in practice of “souling” or “guising” (coming to people’s doors and praying for the medieval and early dead in exchange for for food or money) developed into modern period. Today, trick-or-treating.
* Apple bobbing was originally one of many divination methods practiced on Samhain, sometimes to fortell
the general public recognizes events of the new year but often to foretell whom you would marry. (There was a similar ritual involving kale— if the kale’s roots had soil stuck to it mainly when you pulled it out of the ground, your husband would be wealthy!)
* The original jack-o-lanterns were turnips, not pumpkins, because pumpkins are native to North America. Now, carved pumpkins are practically synonymous with Halloween, because Irish immigrants in America found them more available and easier to carve.
* Some people still light bonfires on Halloween. For Christians and pagans, bonfires represent the continued presence of the sun
as a secular holiday.

the days grew shorter, and were used to drive away spirits/the devil/etc. and guide the souls of loved ones back home.

Halloween was imported to the U.S. and Canada in the 19th century, a time that saw substantial [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish]] and Scottish migration to the New World. Back in this time, Halloween in North America was more of a celebration of Irish and Scottish national heritage than anything else, much like St. Patrick's Day for Irish Americans or Columbus Day for Italian Americans. It was celebrated with large feasts, apple bobbing, and other divination games, as well as pranks and mischief. By the turn of the century, the "pranks and mischief" had become the defining feature of Halloween, turning it into a night of vandalism. As a result, the Boy Scouts and neighborhood groups started working to turn Halloween back into a safe celebration, organizing trick-or-treating events based around the old practice of "guising" to redirect the focus of the festivities away from violence. With Halloween now becoming a popular celebration outside of Welsh, Irish and Scottish neighborhoods, retailers seized upon a brilliant opportunity to have a new holiday to secularize and commercialize. While there was some commercialization going on before (mass-produced costumes were appearing in [[TheGreatDepression the 1930s]]), it really took off after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and it hasn't stopped since. Also, sometime around the TurnOfTheMillennium came the emergence of the HotterAndSexier, more {{Stripperiffic}} Halloween for young adults, opening up a whole secondary market for businesses to cater to.

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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture culture, and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Though the general public recognizes Halloween as a secular holiday, both Christians (and Pagans) in some parts of the world ignore the commercialized variety, considering Halloween separate from All Saint's Day/Samhain. They visit and Neopagans continue to recognize it as a holy day, sometimes by visiting cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.
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25th Jul '17 12:30:34 AM ergeis
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* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' features a Halloween themed world named "Mad Monster Mansion". You even get to transform into a pumpkin in this world, one of the most popular symbols of the holiday.

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* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' features a Halloween themed world named "Mad Monster Mansion". You even get to transform into a pumpkin in this world, one of the most popular symbols of the holiday.[[note]]Just a reminder, Rare is a British developer[[/note]]
25th Jul '17 12:29:17 AM ergeis
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* ''Anime/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': A chapter and episode discuss Halloween on how things change over time to the point they are unrecognizable.
16th Jul '17 5:46:48 PM NyxShadowhawk
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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Christians (and Pagans) in some parts of the world ignore the commercialized variety, considering Halloween separate from All Saint's Day. They visit cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.

The vernal counterpart for the celebrations would be UsefulNotes/{{Walpurgisnacht}}, which occurs on the 30th of April. For other related tropes, see the Halloween section of the HolidayTropes index.

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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Christians (and Pagans) in some parts of the world ignore the commercialized variety, considering Halloween separate from All Saint's Day.Day/Samhain. They visit cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.

The vernal counterpart for the celebrations would be UsefulNotes/{{Walpurgisnacht}}, which occurs on the 30th of April.April, or Beltane (May Day) on the 1st of May. For other related tropes, see the Halloween section of the HolidayTropes index.
16th Jul '17 5:45:05 PM NyxShadowhawk
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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Christians in some parts of the world ignore the commercialized variety, considering Halloween separate from All Saint's Day. They visit cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.

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Today, Halloween is considered a major holiday in the U.S., Canada, Mexico (where it retains more of a Catholic bent, as it falls right before the ''Día de los Muertos'' celebrations), and the British Isles (where it is more strongly influenced by the older traditions, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Northern England and Wales). It has also caught on in mainland Europe, India, the Philippines, and Japan through exposure to American media. Australians are coming under the influence of Halloween due to increasing Americanization but many reject it due to having nothing to do with Celtic-Australian culture and the heavy commercialization has come under scrutiny. Christians (and Pagans) in some parts of the world ignore the commercialized variety, considering Halloween separate from All Saint's Day. They visit cemeteries to pray and place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.
16th Jul '17 5:41:56 PM NyxShadowhawk
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Nevertheless, works of fiction (and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer allegedly fact-based news reports]] about the feast) have been known to overstate the influence of Samhain on Halloween, a historically Christian celebration with rituals that are largely Christian in origin, just like Easter and Christmas (no matter how much they're claimed to be "secretly pagan" by celebrants and critics alike); pagan rituals may have been incorporated to make the celebrations more palatable for pre-Christian peoples, but they are ''not'' pagan in origin or "pagan holidays". Some academics even support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.

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Nevertheless, works of fiction (and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer allegedly fact-based news reports]] about Though the feast) origins and connotations of the festival stem from Samhain, most of the rituals and traditions currently associated with it have been known to overstate the influence of Samhain on Halloween, a historically Christian celebration with rituals that are largely Christian roots, originating in origin, just like Easter the medieval and Christmas (no matter how much they're claimed to be "secretly pagan" by celebrants and critics alike); pagan rituals may have been incorporated to make early modern period. Today, the celebrations more palatable for pre-Christian peoples, but they are ''not'' pagan in origin or "pagan holidays". Some academics even support the view that Halloween began independently general public recognizes it mainly as a solely Christian holiday.
secular holiday.
10th Jul '17 6:44:55 PM Mdumas43073
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Nevertheless, works of fiction (and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer allegedly fact-based news reports]] about the feast) have been known to overstate the influence of Samhain on Halloween, a historically Christian celebration with rituals that are largely Christian in origin, just like Easter and Christmas (no matter how much they're claimed to be "secretly pagan" by celebrants and critics alike). Pagan rituals were only incorporated to make the celebrations more palatable for pre-Christian peoples, but they are ''not'' pagan in origin or "pagan holidays". Some academics even support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.

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Nevertheless, works of fiction (and [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer allegedly fact-based news reports]] about the feast) have been known to overstate the influence of Samhain on Halloween, a historically Christian celebration with rituals that are largely Christian in origin, just like Easter and Christmas (no matter how much they're claimed to be "secretly pagan" by celebrants and critics alike). Pagan alike); pagan rituals were only may have been incorporated to make the celebrations more palatable for pre-Christian peoples, but they are ''not'' pagan in origin or "pagan holidays". Some academics even support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.
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