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Morning Start: Halloween is 2,000 years old

Your morning start for Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

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Fun fact: Halloween is 2,000 years old

According to History.com, Halloween originates from an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, which the Celts celebrated on Oct. 31 before observing their new year on Nov. 1.

The Celts lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. As History notes, Samhain not only marked the end of the summer and the harvest, but it also meant the beginning of the dark, cold winter, which they often associated with death.

“Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred,” writes History. “On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.”

During the event, Celtic priests — also known as Druids — would build huge bonfires, where people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to Celtic deities.

“During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes,” writes History.

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