(A treat! This video is a little old, but I think it's brilliant!)
- Most of us don’t think of Halloween as a religious holiday, but it’s rooted in Celtic (holiday of Samhain), Catholic (All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day), Roman (festival of Feralia) and folk European rituals and traditions.
- Ancient Celts lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off the spirits of the dead, who were believed to return to Earth on Halloween.
- Halloween began to lose its religious connotations in the 19th century, becoming more of a kid's holiday.
- Today we celebrate Halloween with costumes and candy.
As nights grow longer and the sweltering sun subsides, I think about bonfires and nature trails and sleeping under the stars.
I won’t be camping this year. But I do have my costume ready!