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Exploring the Roots of Halloween

October 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

roots of halloween

Is it Even Christian? Exploring the Roots of Halloween

Come explore the true origins of Halloween and its roots in the Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. For ancient people, November 1 marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. Many of our contemporary Halloween traditions date back to the ancient Celts belief that the souls of the dead including ghosts, goblins, and witches, returned to mingle with the living. In order to scare away evil spirits, people would wear masks and light bonfires.

We will begin our day with a special prayer remembering our deceased loved ones, followed by Sister Mary Ann’s presentation on the roots of Halloween.

Inspired by the ancient Celts’ practice of carving turnips at Samhain, we will end our morning by painting pumpkins.

The offering includes a special Halloween themed lunch and materials.

Register for this program by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below, or download and print Is it Even Christian?


October 30, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
31 Colton Street
Farmington, CT 06032 United States
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Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center