Thursday, November 03, 2005

more information from worldbood online
''Halloween developed from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago in the area that is now the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northwestern France. The festival was called Samhain (pronounced SOW ehn), which means "summer's end." The festival marked the beginning of the dark winter season and was celebrated around November 1. In the 800's, the Christian church established a new holiday, All Saints' Day, on this date. All Saints' Day was also called All Hallows'. Hallow means saint, or one who is holy. The evening before All Hallows' was known as All Hallows' Eve, or as it came to be abbreviated, All Hallow e'en. This name was eventually shortened to Halloween.''

Bannatyne, Lesley P. "Halloween." World Book Online. World Book Online Reference Center. 03 Nov. 2005

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Well my research project is going very well. I still have kept the same research project. I have had to modify it a little bit but its still going well I'm a lot of information on the topic. I have found all the right information. Doing research isn't really that hard. It only gets hard when you don't know what else to look for. I don't think that I'm ready to start writing yet.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

more information ENCYCLOPEDIA: HALLOWEEN,

''name applied to the evening of October 31, preceding the Christian feast of Hallowmas, Allhallows, or All Saints' Day. The observances connected with Halloween are thought to have originated among the ancient Druids, who believed that on that evening, Saman, the lord of the dead, called forth hosts of evil spirits. The Druids customarily lit great fires on Halloween, apparently for the purpose of warding off all these spirits. Among the ancient Celts, Halloween was the last evening of the year and was regarded as a propitious time for examining the portents of the future. The Celts also believed that the spirits of the dead revisited their earthly homes on that evening. After the Romans conquered Britain, they added to Halloween features of the Roman harvest festival held on November 1 in honor of Pomona, goddess of the fruits of trees.

The Celtic tradition of lighting fires on Halloween survived until modern times in Scotland and Wales, and the concept of ghosts and witches is still common to all Halloween observances. Traces of the Roman harvest festival survive in the custom, prevalent in both the U.S. and Great Britain, of playing games involving fruit, such as ducking for apples in a tub of water. Of similar origin is the use of hollowed-out pumpkins carved to resemble grotesque faces and lit by candles placed inside.''

An article from Funk & Wagnalls® New Encyclopedia. © 2005 World Almanac Education Group. A WRC Media Company. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by written agreement, uses of the work inconsistent with U.S. and applicable foreign copyright and related laws are prohibited

"history.com resources." encyclopedia: halloween. 01 Nov. 2005 .
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This is the page to a website
Wilson, Jerry. History And Customs of Halloween. 25 Oct. 2005 .

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Well, I wonder about a lot of things now and days so I can't really focus on one thing. Don't really know where I'm going to start my research. I guess it'll come to me when it does.