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196 - Jack O Lantern

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Jack O'Lantern Sun-Catcher - Approximate size 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" - Solid metal frame hand filled with vibrant colors. Comes with suction cup. Proudly made in the USA! Please note - since each piece is hand made, colors may vary Just how did the Halloween holiday become such a fun occasion for kids and adults alike? To trace its history, you have to go back nearly 2000 years to its origin. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that now comprises Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To ward off these evil spirits, Celts donned the heads and skin of animals while Druid priests burned sacrifices in a more Christian observation of the day. After the Romans conquered the majority of Celtic territory by 43 A.D., two festivals of Roman origin were incorporated with the traditional Samhain celebration. For four hundred years, Feralia was a festival to honor the dead and Pomona was a harvest festival named after the goddess of fruit (apples) and trees. Around the eighth century, the Christian church made November 1 All Saints' Day to honor all of the saints that didn't have a special day of their own. Over the years these festivals combined, the mass held on All Saints' Day was called All hallowmas (the mass of all Hallows - saintly people). The night before was known as All Hallows Eve. Eventually this name became Halloween. The Irish celebration of Halloween (Hallow "E'en" for "evening") comes from a religious feast -- All Hallows Day, now recognized as All Saints Day. Since the ninth century, Christians have celebrated All Hallows Day on November 1 or the first Sunday of November, in honor of deceased holy persons, or saints, referred to as "Hallows." During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween. Halloween Celebrated October 31

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  1. BabyShower

    Posted by Wendy Lynch on Feb 29th 2008

    My sister is due to have her first baby in a few weeks, so naturally we had a shower for her. But my sister is not into any of the pink and blue frilly stuff, so we decided to throw her a Halloween Baby Shower since Halloween is her favorite holiday. She had a great time! I got her two Halloween window hangings for the baby room and she loves them, thank you StockPins!!

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