Halloween, Culture | That’s why we celebrate Halloween

A 2000 year old Scottish feast.

It started as a three-day celebration in memory of all who had passed away. This included saints (saints) and martyrs. The other two days were All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, which were celebrated on November 2.

Scottish and Irish celebration

Halloween comes from the Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve. According to Store Norske Leksikon, the celebration has roots dating back to the Celtic celebration of Samhain. This was a celebration that took place in Scotland and Ireland about 2000 years ago.

At the time, some believed that the lines between life and death were blurred at this time of year. Therefore, the spirits were given food and drink so that supernatural beings would not destroy them.

Samhain was celebrated on November 1, and in the year 835 the ecclesiastical celebration of All Saints’ Day was added to this date. Thus, some of the ancient traditions have merged with the Christian celebration of the dead.

Modern party in Norway

Store Norske Leksikon states that the custom of dressing up and going from house to house dates back to the 16th century in Ireland and Scotland. It wasn’t until the 18th century that Halloween was celebrated in a more fun way. As we know the party today.

Halloween didn’t come to Norway until around 2000. In the US, on the other hand, Halloween has been celebrated in a modern way for about 150 years.

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