Stacey and Kate cutting pumpkins!
I did a bit of research – to find out what it’s really all about. There are so many different views. Apparently, the Celts (who lived in the area now known as Ireland), celebrated their new year on the 1st November. This day marked the end of summer and was the time for harvesting. It was the beginning of the dark, cold winter. The Celts believed that on the night before new year (ie 31st October) the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred. They believed the ghosts came back to earth and apart from destroying crops and causing havoc, it was believed that their presence made it easier for priests to predict the future! To remember this event, large bonfires were built and during these celebrations, they wore costumes and tried to tell one another’s fortunes!
By the 800’s, Christian influence had spread to the Celtic lands. In the 7th century November 1st was All Saints Day – a time to honour saints and martyrs. November 2nd was All Souls Day – a day to honour the Dead. Together the celebrations were called Hallowmas!
Stacey and pumpkin!
Kate and pumpkin!
Enough of the history lesson – it’s a holiday filled with mystery and magic! It began as an end-of-summer festival during which time people felt close to deceased relatives, it’s now a trick-or-treating costume party – fun for everyone!
Our vegetarian Border Collie enjoying the pumpkin pips and raw pumpkin!
YOU'VE BEEN BOO'D!!