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The History of Halloween

| October 22, 2012 | 3 Comments
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I learned from researching Halloween history that it is quite different from the tradition we now celebrate. It was said that Halloween has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics! Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints.

Around 2,000 years ago, the Celts, who lived in what is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northern France, had a festival commemorating the end of the year. Their New Year was November 1, and this festival was called Samhain, pronounced sow-en. The end of their year signaled the end of summer, the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of a long, hard winter that often caused many deaths of animals and people. Weaker livestock were often killed and eaten during this holiday, since most likely, they would not survive the winter anyway. Because of this, and the cruel winter to come, this time of year signified death to the Pagan Celtics. They believed the night before the New Year, that the wall between the living and the dead was open, allowing spirits of the dead, both good and bad, to mingle among the living. Some of these spirits were thought to possess living people, cause trouble, ruin crops, or to search for passage to the afterlife.

Considering the history of this holiday I have always been curious why a lot of women on this day want to be sexy. I believe that if you truly want to feel and be sexy you shouldn’t wait until Halloween. I find it to be entertaining how people describe their costume. “I am going to be a sexy cop,” or “I am going to be a slutty nurse.” I think that all the sexy costumes are great! As a matter of fact if I had a boyfriend I would have a treasure chest full of sexy costumes! And I would bring their characters to life on any random day of the year. Sexy and slutty are two entirely different categories. I think dressing a little sexy is great! You look great and you feel great. And I think that we should not use one day of the year to ‘come out of the closet’. Be a sexy cat on December 11th, or guys be a hot construction worker on January 27th (my birthday ha ha).

Yes, Halloween is all good and fun. But let’s shed the burden of giving a crap what people think and be SEXY YEAR AROUND!

This is me as Lara Croft in a previous Halloween.

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Tiffany Lowery is a North San Diego local who has grew up here from a very young age. Her family immigrated from Trinidad & Tobago when she was very young. In high school Tiffanyreceived an athletic scholarship in Track & Field to attend CSUSM. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology. She is a life design coach, author, and speaker. She also has a passion performing poetry and writing. She has worked with clients to provide researched articles, transcribe blogs into books, written speeches, and assisted with editing. She has her own ezine (online magazine) of her published articles. Her love for entrepreneurial endeavors encompasses community, networking, health & wellness, personal development, fashion, athletics, and much more! She has volunteered and been an ambassador for the Carlsbad Village Business Association. She is utterly grateful for the beautiful city of San Diego that we call home! She values peace, love, happiness, family and loves to cook. Tiffany has written and published her first book entitled, "How to Become the Most Positive and Healthy Person You Know: And How It Attributes to Your Success!" You can order the paperback or the eBook and download it now!

I love how Halloween is not just some random holiday that someone came up with just because and it actually has some historical background and that people take it seriously.


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