Samhain dates back to the ancient Celts who lived 2,000 years ago. “On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth (“Halloween”). Samhain, the Pagan holiday, in on November 1st but their celebrations did and still do start at sunset on October 31st. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes and danced around the bonfire. In addition to celebrations and dance, it was believed that the thin veil between the physical world and the other world provided extra energy for communications between the living and the dead.
In both Ireland and Scotland it was a belief that this physical world and the supernatural world were closest during this time, so magical things can happen. To ward off spirits the Gaels would light massive bonfires. In the Western Isles they would hold a festival of the fairies, souls of the dead flying through the air. Even with all the pagan roots Christianity still had a considerable impact on Halloween. This was the time of the year when Christians honored saints and prayed for the recently dead that were still traveling to heaven.
Halloween vs. Christmas Countries all over the world have their own traditions where people come together for a sole purpose, to celebrate. Despite the big cultural differences, there are certain holidays that are celebrated in the same way in different if not, in all parts of the world. At the end of each year Halloween and Christmas are celebrated in a huge way. Even though they are both celebrations where people come together to eat, drink and party, they still have their differences. During Halloween and Christmas people tend to get dressed up for the occasion.
The two holidays are different because one, people dress up and go trick-or-treating, and the other gathers with friends and family to honor the deceased. The term Halloween came from All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day which is a Catholic celebration in honor of saints. All Hallows Eve was celebrated on October 31st and first began in Ireland. The Irish Catholics believed the spirits of those who died that year would return on All Hallows Eve and possess living bodies. In order not to be possessed people would dress up in costumes and terrorize their neighborhoods.
They sometimes wore masks and other disguises to avoid being recognized by the ghosts thought to be present. It was in these ways that creatures such as goblins, fairies, and demons came to be associated with the day. When the Romans conquered the Celtics in the 1st century, they added their own festivals of Feralia, remembering those who died, and of Pomona, the goddess of the harvest. In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV established All Saints Day on May 13. In the following century it was moved November 1st in an effort to mix the pagan and Christian holiday.
 It was held on or about 31 October – 1 November and kindred festivals were held at the same time of year by the Brittonic Celts; for example Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall) and Kalan Goañv (in Brittany). Samhain and Calan Gaeaf are mentioned in some of the earliest Irish and Welsh literature. The names have been used by historians to refer to Celtic Halloween customs up until the 19th century, and are still the Gaelic and Welsh names for Halloween. Snap-Apple Night, painted by Daniel Maclise in 1833, shows people feasting and playing divination games on Halloween in Ireland. Samhain/Calan Gaeaf marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the 'darker half' of the year.
Comedy, while delighting in the events of a briefly topsy turvy world, is ultimately conservative. Discuss how this view is presented through the play of Twelfth Night. When discussing the comedic features of the play Twelfth Night, and looking at the idea that the topsy turvy world ultimately being conservative the origins and context of the Twelfth night need to be considered. In medieval Tudor times, the twelfth night represented the end of a winter festival that started on all hallows eve. On this day, the king and other high authority figures would become peasants, and the ruler would be the one who found a seed within a cake rendering this new ruler as the lord of misrule.
The true purpose of Halloween At the age of 7 years old my live was full of interest and marvel about life. One day lucking outside the window in October thirty-first of 1992 I saw a host of kids dress up in front of my house with different outfits who where dress like princes, cats, and many cartoon characters and I question “Why?” I current dress like them so, I decide to ask my parents of “Why?” I current dress like them. My parents explain that it was against God to celebrate this kind of celebrations but, their where not specific with me so, at that point I was very disappointed with my parents of not giving me the true of what was going on. After that years past by and my curiosity never ended. In January of 2009 when I became Christian, I decide to study the Bible will my curiosity of not knowing the purpose of Halloween had push me to read the hole bible to find answers of all those questions I had about Halloween since I was little and, also to know the true purpose of God of what he wants from me and what he expects about his children to glorify his name.
Christmas traditions in Europe Christmas The origin and the name given to this celebration are different depending on the country. For exemple, for the French word Noël definitely comes from the Latin word natalis(birth). The masses of Christ, held by English evangelists in December, gave birth to the English word "Christmas". "The Holy Night" is translated in German as Weihnacht.Taking place in the last few days of December, this holiday is not celebrated in the same way in every country. There are many symbols attached to this holiday in Europe, and each country has kept its own identity and traditions, while enriching them with influences form various other sources.