Like many of our modern festivals Hallowe'en has become more secular after years of being a Christian celebration built upon a Pagan festival. Other examples include Easter and Christmas.
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For Christians, 1st November is All Hallows' Day or All Saints' Day which makes 31st October All Hallows' Eve. Hallows' Eve being shortened to Hallowe'en with e'en meaning "evening".
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So many of the modern customs have their roots in traditions started by the Celts or the Christians and molded, changed and adapted across the years. I wonder if the early Pagans or first European Christians would recognise our current celebrations?
If you'd like to read more about the origins of Hallowe'en I started at this Wiki page and wandered around from there!
I thought it would be fun to look at different aspects of Hallowe'en each month to tie in with our themes too.
nb All images in the post can be clicked to a stockist's page. These are designs I chose to illustrate the topic and to do a little enabling, they are not designs I have stitched myself (yet!)