The True Meaning of Halloween
Halloween is a holiday which has been around for a lot longer than many may think. Even the traditions which seem so modern and economically rooted are almost as old as the tradition of Halloween itself. There is a lot of confusion as to when the tradition of Halloween began. Many think that Halloween began with the Celts. The Celts celebrated Samhain which was a holiday that symbolized the end of the time of the light and the beginning of the time of the dark. During the time of the dark it was said that the wall between the spirit world and that of the living was weakened and spirits were able to obtain access to the living more easily. Hence this could be one of the reasons children today think of Halloween as a scary holiday, they unknowingly are going along with ancient traditions.
Along with the tradition of Samhain other traditions fused into that one to form the Holiday we know today. According to one website their research shows that, “After the Romans conquered the Celtic world, they merged Samhain with their own festivals, a harvest fest called Poloma, and a celebration for the dead called Feralia.”(A Traditional Halloween)
Though the celebration itself has been explained, the acts in which children celebrate it have not. “Some believe that Druids, who threatened dire consequences to residence who didn’t respond generously to their demands for free goods or money.”(A Traditional Halloween) Yet another clue where the tradition of trick or treating may come from is that author Joan Lee Faust has pointed out that “The Roman harvest festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of fruits, was held about the same time of year. Historians suggest this festival also influenced the Halloween tradition because it was held around the same time of year as the Celt’s Samhain.”(Faust, Joan Lee Around the Garden) Yet even another theory has a different idea of where trick or treating has come from. Some believe that trick or treating originates from early Christians in Europe. The traditions took place on November 2nd or “All Souls Day”. On this day, “early Christians would walk from village to village begging for “soul cakes”, made out of square pieces of bread with currants.”(Wilson, Jerry History and Customs of Halloween) This tradition was to help the souls get out of limbo and into heaven faster as it was believed prayers from even strangers could help the souls do this faster.
Though there are many arguments as to how Halloween first started out or as to where the tradition of trick...