The Origins and Evolution of Halloween

Release date:

1996

Running time:

46 minutes

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Available on DVD

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What inspires people to dress up in ghoulish costumes before going out for a night of feasting and merrymaking? Many partake in the festivities of Halloween - but few are aware of the ancient origins of this popular tradition. Since it was first brought to North America by Irish immigrants, much of the original significance of Halloween has been lost.

The Origin and Evolution of Halloween connects the present with the past by unveiling the history and legends surrounding Halloween. Centuries of tradition are conjured up in a revealing exploration encompassing the Celtic's early pagan rituals; the Christianization of Halloween; the burning of witches; the emergence of such symbols as the pumpkin, the black cat, and the broomstick; and the resurgence of ritual in modern-day Halloween celebrations.

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