I was feeling sad on the night of 31st October the eve of All Saints’ Day celebrated by ancient Celtics during the festival of ‘Samhain’ (pronounced sew-in).
Samhain is the time when spirits and ghosts are set free from the land and are sent on by the Lord of the Dead to their new incarnations. The celebrations are to honour the dead who are allowed to rise from the other world, but not all souls are chosen by the Lord of the Dead, some have to remain on the other side.
The wearing of frightening costumes symbolises the release of souls into the physical world. However, not all souls were respected and some fear that they will return to haunt the living who may have done them wrong. This is Halloween.