May 13th, the real date of Halloween

  • metta

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    Oct 30, 2009 5:11 PM GMT


    Origin of name

    The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows' Even – e'en is a shortening of even, which is a shortening of evening. This is ultimately derived from the Old English Eallra Hālgena ǣfen.[16] It is now known as "Eve of" All Saints' Day, which is November 1st.

    A time of pagan festivities,[7] Popes Gregory III (731–741) and Gregory IV (827–844) tried to supplant it with the Christian holiday (All Saints' Day) by moving it from May 13 to November 1.

    In the 800s, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints' Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were once celebrated on the same day.
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    Oct 30, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    Thanks for the lesson. Did not know that.
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    Oct 30, 2009 8:30 PM GMT
    More Hallowe'en fun facts:

    In some parts of Canada, children chant "Halloween apples!" in their quest for treats. Where the French-Canadian culture is dominant, trick-or-treaters must sing a song for their reward.

    20 per cent - The percentage increase in violent offences, such as robbery, aggravated assault, assaults causing bodily harm and assaults against police officers, reported during Halloween 2008 compared to a week earlier.

    Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. The faces carved were originally meant to represent departed loved ones.

    Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.