Monday, October 22, 2007

Halloween Facts


Halloween is a great excuse to put on a costume, act afool, and eat way too much candy. It is also a great time to look back at the ways world cultures have blended to create our modern holidays and celebrations. Did you know that many of the Halloween traditions Americans celebrate today began with the Celtics when they celebrated Samhain (sow-en), the change from Summer to Fall? The modern jack o'lantern stems from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a man that manage to escape the fiery grips of the devil and earned an eternity of wandering the earth with nothing but an ember burning in a turnip to light his way.

For more infomration on the roots of Halloween, go to http://people.howstuffworks.com/halloween.htm.

Source: http://www.lii.org