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Why Pumpkins and Halloween

Why Pumpkins? We all know that Halloween is synonymous with pumpkins, but what is the story behind Halloween, and why have these funny orange vegetables made their way onto our doorsteps and our kitchen tables? Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain. It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but also observers believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead. This belief is...

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