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Halloween Is A Holiday Based On Traditions And Superstitions!

October 31, 2012

Traditions and superstitions have long been part of Halloween. The traditional colors of orange and black, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns are among the most frequent traditions.

There are many traditions and symbols we’ve all seen around this holiday that we may even participate in, but we don’t know the meaning behind.

Bobbing for apples is a tradition on Halloween and fall in general. Though to most it is a game, in ancient times the sacred fruit was used as a fortune telling device. The first person to grab an apple from the water without using their hands was said they would be the first to marry.

The witches’ broomstick is another symbol seen on Halloween. Most use the broom for decoration or as an accessory for their costume. In ancient times, the elderly women who were accused of being witches were usually poor. These women couldn’t afford to travel by horse, and would normally be seen wandering though the woods with “walking sticks” which were usually brooms!

Cauldrons have long been associated with witches. When we hear cauldron one may think misting, colors and smoke. Cauldrons are used as a Halloween decoration and even as candy bowls! In previous times the Pagan Celts believed that after death, souls would go into the cauldron where they would await reincarnation. As new souls entered the cauldron, old souls would be reborn.

When we think witches we think black hats, cauldrons, brooms and magic. Witches have bad hair, wrinkled skin and warts. They are mean, maybe even evil. But, witches actually are derived from the Pagan goddess known as “the crone” or “the old one”. To the Pagans the crone symbolized wisdom, change and the turning of the seasons.

Halloween has kept its roots through symbols and tradition. What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Will you be participating in another Halloween tradition, trick-or-treating?

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