Bonfire (photo by Pixabay)
CAIRO - 21 October 2017: Have you ever wondered where the celebration of Halloween started? Here is a short jump back in history.
Halloween is a variation of the Celtic holiday known as “Samhain,” which originated in Ireland more than 2,000 years ago. November 1 marked the end of the harvesting season and the beginning of the year according to History.com.
Celts celebrate New Year’s Eve on October 31 and it was believed that the souls of the deceased haunted the village as ghosts. To avoid confusion between humans and ghosts, Celts wore masks over their faces.
To honor the deceased, Celts sacrificed animals and served fruits and vegetables. At night, they lit a bonfire to attract the spirits. The holiday is still celebrated in parts of Ireland and Scotland.