The festival of Samhain, Samhain or Samonios, is a pagan and Celtic celebration commemorating the end of the harvest, the end of summer and the beginning of the short season. It has been around for 2,500 years and was celebrated on October 31, which was the last day of the Celtic calendar year so the Samhain festival was the Celtic New Year.
Irish folklore exported to the United States
In Ireland but also Scotland and Wales, Halloween celebration lasted. Around 1600, the tradition was to install at home a turnip in which they had placed a candle to guide souls. To scare off evil spirits, grimacing faces were cut from turnips. Many Irish emigrated to the United States took with them the custom.
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