October 31, 2014

This day in history:
Halloween is an international celebration1 which occurs on the 31st day of October. In the past it has also been known as All Hallow's Eve, being the day before All Saint's Day on 1 November. The holiday evolved from pagan and early Catholic influences in the European continent, and was wondrously perverted and commercialised by Americans. Pagans call it Samhain, the final feast of the year after the harvests. This is the time when the world was believed to die, with the promise that it would be reborn next spring. Halloween has, admittedly, taken on some dark connotations over the centuries, but that's predominantly due to the input of cultures that believe when we die, it's over. read more

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