Halloween is a very popular holiday in America. It is rooted in ancient Celtic traditions—originating in what is now present-day Ireland—with such holidays as Samhain and All Saints’ Day. Today, many children and adults celebrate Halloween by decorating their homes and yards, dressing up in costumes, and trick-or-treating.
Americans created a unique Halloween tradition of carving scary or funny faces into pumpkins. But for All Saints’ Day, the English and Irish also carved faces into vegetables—except they did not use pumpkins. What vegetables did they use?
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Article(s) | Site(s):
The History of Halloween; History Magazine , Lesley Bannatyne Oct./Nov. 2003 pg.34-36
Boo!; Christian Science Monitor , Julie Finnin Day Oct. 31, 2002
The History of Halloween; Today’s Senior , Bernadine Chapman Sept./Oct. 2000
Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows; Library of Congress (LOC)
Summary: “Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead. The Celtic peoples, who were once found all over Europe, divided the year by four major holidays.” (LOC) This page contains a brief history of Halloween and the origins of some holiday traditions.
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