Originally a pagan festival, the Celtic Irish have grown to Celebrate Halloween with the passion and verve of other countries. We get the thoughts of Italo Andrade of Celebrate It in Kilkenny.
Kilkenny, Ireland -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/16/2013 -- You may or may not have known that Halloween actually dates back to the Celtic era over 2,000 years ago which we all know is now Ireland, United Kingdom and Northern France. It originated from a festival called Samhain which was celebrated on the 1st November which is when the Celts celebrated their new year.
This also marked the end of the summer and winter was about to begin and back then this was considered a dark time as winter was a time for the dead. So the night before which is October 31st this is when they celebrated Samhain.
Celtics and Druids would celebrate Samhain with big bonfires, sacrificing animals and dressing up in costumes & masks which mainly consisted of animal parts with poor people begging for food of the rich. They would give the poor soul cakes and this is where trick or treating would originate from.
Trick or treating was revolutionised in the late 19th century when millions of Irish people fled to America to escape the potato famine. This made the tradition of Halloween more popular and Americans would dress up in costumes and got from house to house asking for food and money. This is known as trick or treating today, a common Halloween activity.
Today's traditions are a lot more relaxed and in Ireland they take Halloween very seriously as it is where the tradition originated from.
We spoke to Italo who owns Ireland's leading party shop Celebrate It who sell a range of Halloween costumes and accessories, here are his views.
“Halloween is an important time for all Irish people as it originated from our roots. It is also the busiest time for us here at Celebrate It with people buying their costumes and decorations for parties.
It is know longer like the olden days with people walking the streets with dead animals on them, costumes these days are professionally hand made with many intentions. Some to scare and some to impress and this includes all ages. Halloween brings the whole community together through sharing of gifts and sweets.”
Interesting views from a person who is heavily involved with Halloween, it is clear that in the Celtic days Halloween was based on superstitions and theories. Today we like to have fun and share the great costumes in exchange for gifts and treats.
Italo goes onto say, “Irish people take this tradition seriously and do there up most best to decorate their towns to make it look appealing. I decided to open Celebrate It with having Halloween in mind and knowing that I can provide people with the resources they need, makes me a happy man.”
It is safe to say that the Irish are very passionate about Halloween and I can tell there is a very excited atmosphere gathering for the upcoming of 31st October. Another thing I noticed was that Ireland has a lot of fancy dress shops and it is clear to me that they all share the same passion.
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