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The History of Halloween — Part II

Published by Toshia Dubon

Halloween is derived from Hallowe’en which is a shortened version of All Hallows’ Even (All Hallows Eve). Even is an older abbreviation of evening which we have shortened further to -eve. Halloween gets its -een from abbreviating even to -een. It is the day before All Hallows Day.

Many people today are unaware of All Hallows Day. In the 9th century, Pope’s Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the Christian feast day of All Saints Day from May 13th to November 1st in an effort to convert more pagans to Christianity. By having a “holiday” on the same day as a pagan “holiday”, it was easier for a pagan to keep many of their old traditions and still convert to Christianity. As a matter of fact, the old feast day of May 13th was once the pagan holiday of Feast of the Lemures (an ancient Roman day of driving malevolent or vengeful ghosts from one’s home)

Although All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day are now celebrated as two separate days, at one time they were celebrated on the same day.

Mystical Charm hopes you have a wonderful fall season. This is one of our favorite times of the year.

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