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Hallowe'en recalls ancient Catholic, Celtic fests


Today is Hallowe’en, more properly expressed as All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the evening before All Saints (or Hallows) Day, designated by the Roman Catholic pope in A.D. 835 to honor all the saints.

Before that, this was a “cross-quarter day,” the mid-way point between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. It fell around the date of the Celtic observance of Samhain, or “summer’s end,” when cold and darkness were spreading, plants were dying and the wall between the living and the dead grew thin.

(SUN PHOTO: Jed Kirschbaum 2008)  

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