The season is upon us – Halloween. Many think of the carved pumpkins, witches, and haunted houses. I think of it being the time when trees start to lose their leaves, the heat starts to dissipate, and you start to prepare for my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was curious though, where did Halloween come from?
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. [Read More…]
For photographers, you can have fun with the various customes and creative parties. There are plenty here in Atlanta. Whether taking pictures or trick-or-treating, be safe out there as there are many crazy things going on these days. Stay safe and have fun!