Commentary on the ‘news’ of the day.
Halloween’s not as American as it seems
31 October 2020: The news media is awash with little colour pieces about Halloween, and what it means. Yet most explanations are shallow and short on detail. My own reading leads me to believe that only the commercialization of Halloween is intrinsically American, but the origins are Gaelic and Celtic.
The Gaelic festival of Samhaim marked the end of the harvest season with celebrations beginning after sunset on 31 October, and into the following day. Similar celebrations are thought to have been observed in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and northern France.