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Fantasy and Folklore
Celtic Samhain and the Origins of Halloween
Americans today associate the holiday with candy, late-night pranks and carved pumpkins, but the origins of Halloween date back to the pagan Celtic Festival of Samhain, which traditionally marked the beginning of winter, the time of year associated with death.
On the night of Oct. 31, it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. Ancient Celts, who lived in present-day Ireland, Scotland, Britain and northern France, lit large bonfires where people burned their crops and sacrificed animals to ward off evil spirits.
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2011 Niagara Celtic Festival
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One of the most popular forms of modern Celtic art, tattoos have been around for thousands of years in various forms. Learn all about it November!