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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Regency: Halloween

Halloween as we know it and love or hate it today didn't really exist during the Regency. The Celts celebrated the Celts celebrated Samhain:

...a Celtic word meaning "summer's end." The Celts believed that summer came to an end on October 31st and the New Year began on November 1st with the start of winter. But the Celts also followed a lunar calendar and their celebrations began at sunset the night before. 

Christians combined it with All Saints' Day or All Hollow's,  (November 1) making October 31 All Hallows' Eve

So now you know the Regency sect didn't celebrate Halloween like we do. And boy do we celebrate! According to the History Channel, Americans spend about $8 Billion a year on Halloween--costumes, decorations, and candy. Eight billion! I wonder how much we spend on something like 4th of July.

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