What is the origin of Halloween? PDF Print E-mail


tn_HalloweenDrawing03The present Halloween festival originates from the Celts.  The Celtic people of pre-medieval Ireland, Britain, and France observed the end of the 'light half' of the year, that is, spring and summer months, with the festival 'Samhain' (pronounced Sa-Wain).  After the Romans had conquered Britain in the 1st century, British Celts adopted the Julian calendar, and changed the celebration of Samhain to 1 November.  Later, Christian Popes set 1 November as the day of celebratory remembrance for all martyrs, that is, All Saints Day, or, All Hallow’s Day.  People then held celebrations on 31 October, therefore came the Scottish word Halloween, which meant 'the eve of All Hallow’s Day'.