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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2007

[Happy Halloween!]

According to Wikipedia, Halloween did not become a holiday in the United States until the 19th century, when the migration of nearly two million Irish following the Irish Potato Famine brought the holiday to the United States.

Halloween is in fact believed to have originated in Ireland, where pre-Christian Celts had an autumn festival, called Samhain. That night the division between the world of the living and the otherworld was blurred so spirits of the dead and inhabitants from the underworld were able to walk free on the earth.

Also Scottish emigration from the British Isles, primarily to Canada before 1870 and to the United States thereafter, brought the Scottish version of the holiday to each country.

Halloween is now the United States’ second most popular holiday (after Christmas) for home and yard decorations: jack-o’-lanterns, scarecrows, witches, orange and purple string lights, foam tombstones and gargoyles contribute to this unique holiday climate.

Happy Halloween!

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