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There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
Joseph Conrad

The origins of Halloween is said to date back more than 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts roamed over what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland and northern France.Their new year began Nov. 1, starting with a festival the previous night honouring Samhain to mark the beginning of the season of cold & darkness (beginning of winter), and human mortality. The Celts believed that Samhain allowed the souls of the dead to return to their earthly homes on this night.In addition to making themselves visible to humans, these spirits also played tricks on people.
To commemorate Samhain, Druids - high priests and teachers of the Celts, ordered the people to put out their hearth fires and build a huge new year's bonfire of oak branches, which were considered sacred. The Druids burned animals, crops and - according to some historians - human beings as sacrifices to Samhain. Each family then relit its hearth fires from the new year's bonfire.

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Oct 31 2013 05:50 GMT Annamaria
Great entry, Joan!! Happy Halloween!! ;-)
Oct 31 2013 10:33 GMT bandsix
Very nice entry ,Joan!
Oct 31 2013 13:02 GMT clintonfolks
great entry .!!!
Oct 31 2013 14:17 GMT wijnie58
Lovely entry, Joan..Happy Halloween..:-))
Oct 31 2013 17:40 GMT sheasoru68
Super photo accompanied by a very good description of Halloween Joan,...thank you..:-)
Oct 31 2013 18:22 GMT fhelsing PRO
That's a beautiful Halloween card!
Oct 31 2013 19:05 GMT superJoan
Many thanks to you all
Oct 31 2013 19:10 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
Interesting history and a great Halloween composition, Joan!
Oct 31 2013 20:00 GMT jmcdh
Lovely work Joan
Oct 31 2013 20:55 GMT Bellavista
Perfect entry Joan. I like your clever infos under your photos. I'm always looking forward for the next one! Thanks for sharing!
Oct 31 2013 21:13 GMT georgygirl2
loving the puss! happy halloween
Oct 31 2013 21:15 GMT hans55 PRO
a very happy haloween !!
Oct 31 2013 22:58 GMT mellie
Lovely entry!
Nov 01 2013 04:16 GMT MargNZ
Marvellous halloween presentation Joan .... well done :)
Nov 01 2013 13:56 GMT martini957
Very interesting read Joan....and super cool work
Nov 01 2013 16:18 GMT Jeanmac
Lovely Halloween entry Joan