LOL! "Maybe now you'll realize that mother was right and you'll leave old Durwood!"
Halloween or All Hallows Eve, originated from the Pagan Holiday Samhain (pronounced sow-wen). Its name means summers end. This spirit connotation originated as the ancient Celtic druids paid tribute with gifts and food (and sometimes it was rumored sacrifices) to the spirit world to insure that next year’s crop would be bountiful. It was a time for communicating with the dead and receiving wisdom from past ancestors to insure prosperity.
When the Christians set about to convert the pagans, some adaptation of these spiritual rituals had to be made to keep the Pagans in the Church. Therefore, November 1st became “All Saints Day” to honor all those in heaven and October 31st was tacked on as “All Hallows Eve” or Halloween, the night when all the dead are remembered.
Hey Paul, Thanks for that explanation of Halloween!. I had an idea that it had something to do with Pagan rituals and the dead. I've just had a look at your link above and I can't believe that someone would be as low as to try and poison people on a night that is supposed to be for celebration, even if most of the people involved haven't got a clue what the night is for. I've always been the sort of person that likes stories of Demons and Devils and Witchcraft, this sort of stuff really intrigues me, just a thirst for knowledge really, I don't take it seriously!.
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