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The Roots of Halloween

In this lecture from Campbell, the Celtic roots of Halloween are explained to a congregation that is gathered for the “eve of holy days”.

Campbell elaborates: “Hallowe’en, the eve of the holy days (that’s what the word means), is a festival of the ancient Celtic world particularly. It is matched six months away by the festival of May Day and by the eve of Walpurgis Night which precedes it. The time of this festival is the time of the passing of the organic world in which we live into the realm of darkness, of falling leaves. The other opposite day is of the breaking forth of the fresh leaves of spring.”

Read the full lecture here!