Click below to listen to my 2 min Garden Bite radio show: Happy Samhain? It’s tradition!
More than 179 million Americans are expected to participate in this year’s Halloween festivities, according to the National Retail Foundation, and the season is forecast to reach a spending high of $9.1 billion. That’s actually scary!
Pumpkins were not the original Jack o Lanterns! It was the turnip…
Scary, huh?!? This is what night watchmen carried on their rounds. Pumpkins were used only in the United States. Ancient Celts celebrated the New Year on November 1st. It was called Samhain (pronounced Sow – like cow- in). This was the end of the Harvest and summer and entering into the dark days of Winter.
They believed the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year and spirits could return to Earth.
European immigrants brought lots of tradition to America but we started the candy Trick or Treating here. Kids were getting out of hand with their pranks, so it was almost like a bribe!
But wait, there’s more… Soul Cakes was the first tradition of children going door to door. Here’s a recipe and more on soul cakes.