The Origin of Halloween



As we all know Halloween is all about “trick or treat”, jack-o-lanterns, fancy dresses and parties, but it used to have a complete different meaning for the ancient Celtics.

In fact Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (“sah-win”) which was the celebration of the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture and in this period the ancient pagans used to take stock of supplies for the winter.

The ancient Gaels believed that on the 31st October the coundaries between the living’s world and the dead’s one overlapped and the dead would come back to life and cause chaos such as sickness or damaging crops.

So now you’re ready to celebrate Halloween with a biit more of knowledge.


For more information about EC Covent Garden, please click on the link provided.