Belated Hallowe’en Background

With Mistletoe and tinsel starting to appear everywhere, we would like to point out that we are still closer to Hallowe’en than Christmas and in true curmudgeonly style we’d like to inform everyone of some information regarding All Hallow’s Eve.

As I’m sure many -or perhaps not so many- of you know, Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is the day beginning the season of Allhallowtide, the triduum composed of All Hallow’s Eve, All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day.

It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, when the gateway between the mortal world and the spirit world would thin, and spirits would freely wander the earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing Halloween costumes, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial celebration.

This festival was then Christianized when All Saint’s Day followed suit, a holy day to honour all saints and martyrs, both known and unknown.

All Soul’s Day then ensues, the final day of Allhallowtide when the souls of all departed Christians are remembered and honoured, as well as to let the evil spirits that rose on All Hallow’s Eve lie to rest for another year once more. 7

So after that educational rollercoaster (at least it felt like that for me when I wrote this article), I hope yo all stayed  safe over the break; i.e. refrained from partaking in illegal activities such as playing with fireworks and such like.

And finally, on behalf of all of us here on the school blog, I’d like to wish you all a

“Happy Hallow’s Eve.”

Bring on the tinsel now.

Shane