Halloween is so close around the corner where the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Fall is almost over and to mark the end of the harvest season, people from all over the world will celebrate Halloween on October 31st. But these days it’s not so much about a harvest- it’s all about scary costumes, candy and having a wicked party! Read this short extract from the magazine and consider signing up for your free trial:
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The origins of Halloween
Halloween dates back to over 2000 years ago, when the Celtic tribes of Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France celebrated the first “Halloween”. The event, called Samhain, took place on the night of October 31st, officially marking the end of the summer harvest. But for the Celtic people, it was more than a change of season and the beginning of a new year. The cold temperatures often brought death, and the early-setting sun made life difficult for the Celts. Food was scarce and illnesses were rife. The Celtic people needed all of the help and protection that they could get to make it through the winter. Samhain was a celebration to ask for this protection from their gods and gain favour with them. They did this with sacred bonfires, rituals and sacrifices steeped in deep mysticism.
Tribe (n.) = a group of people from the same descent = tribu
Rife (adj.) = common = extendido
To gain favour (v.) = to please = complacer
Mysticism (n.) = spiritual beliefs = misticismo
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