Halloween

October 31

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History

Halloween finds its oldest roots in the Celtic tradition of honoring the dead and their belief that the night before the new year (which lines up with November 1st on the modern calendar) the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead became blurred. Later in history when the Roman empire took control over most Celtic lands their celebration lined up with two Roman celebrations, the traditions and activities mixed. This continued to evolve until Christianity took it's hold onto the holiday dedicating November 2nd to All Soul's Day and November 1st to All Saints Day or All-hallows (All-hallowmas). The night before this celebration came to be known as All-hallows Eve and eventually Halloween.

Practice of Halloween in the New England colonies was scarce because the strict Protestant religious practice, but it was more common in Maryland and southern colonies. With the large waves of Irish and other European immigrants later in our history the celebration began to change and evolve, it also adopted certain aspects of Native American celebrations.

Halloween, or All-hallows Eve, is celebrated around the world, but it is celebrated differently in American culture than in other cultures because of how it meshed with celebrations from several very different cultures and religions.

Source: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

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Floral Arrangements

Different types of floral arrangements are used, both symmetrical and asymmetrical. The arrangements are made with dominantly orange and yellow flowers and contain symbols of the holiday including pumpkins, bats, and skulls. A common price range for these arrangements is $40-$80. Some of the most popular flowers in deep fall colors include orange lilies or roses, burgundy asters, blue iris, purple asters, and yellow sunflowers or roses.
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