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 Definition Holiday observed on 31 October, the eve of All Saints' Day, which can be traced to the Celtic festival of Samhain, celebrated in ancient England and Ireland to mark the beginning of the Celtic new year. [d] [e]
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GREAT IDEA! You can talk about (1) the history of jack-o-lanterns (not just pumpkins, but also turnips) originally to ward off evil spirits; (2) the 1982 American Halloween candy-tampering epidemic; (3) the U.K. English spelling hallowe'en; (4) the growing popularity of "Halloween American-style over the last 10 years in U.K.; (5) Halloween is the second most popular holiday, dollar for dollar, after Christmas in U.S.Jeffrey Scott Bernstein 23:25, 8 October 2007 (CDT)

Well, I figure we should get this article up to approved status before Halloween as a testament to the project's strength! --Robert W King 23:27, 8 October 2007 (CDT)

So which workgroups? Anthropology? Chris Day (talk) 23:40, 8 October 2007 (CDT)

Um, what is Christmas listed as? Do we have a christmas article yet? --Robert W King 23:42, 8 October 2007 (CDT)

More Halloween facts: (this is actually from something I've written previously): “Halloween derives from a pagan festival dating back two thousand years: A Celtic festival celebrating the end of harvest time. As it spread through Europe during the first millennium after the birth of Christ it morphed into a Christian festival called All Souls Eve. . . . It’s the night when the spirits of the dead return to walk the earth.” (If there's anything good in this, it would have to be rewritten a bit.)Jeffrey Scott Bernstein 00:02, 9 October 2007 (CDT)