23 October 2008

Origins of Halloween

A little background on Halloween, if you will.

Archaeology has a fascinating interview with PhD student Jenny Butler about Celtic origins of Halloween an, the meaning of the use of guises.

She links Halloween to the Cecltic feast of the dead; if you are thinking what I am thinking, read on until she points out that there might be an Irish link to the American methods of marking Halloween.

What intrigued me was the possible link between Guy Fawkes Day and Halloween.

And of course, what's the deal with carving out pumpkins?

A very good read - full article here.