All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween, generally thought of as an American celebration thrust on us Aussies. Indeed when I was growing up, Halloween existed only through my television set, on shows such as The Brady Bunch or some other popular American show at the time.
When I got married, only then did I realise that Halloween isn’t just celebrated in America nor did it originate there. In fact it’s a big deal in Ireland. It was originally from these Celtic speaking countries that All Hallow’s Eve originated. It is believed that the festival was originally influenced by Celtic harvest festivals and festivals celebrating the dead. Halloween was only introduced to Northern America in the 19th Century when there was a mass Irish and Scottish immigration.