This is a really fascinating article about the origins of Halloween in County Meath published by leading archaeology website Ancient Origins.
It states: "In an era long passed, all of the fires of Ireland were extinguished at sundown on October 31st and a single blazing bonfire was lit at the epicentre of the annual feast of the dead -Samhain had begun at the Hill of Ward (Tlachtga - near Athboy). The Druidical priests gathered the people together and set places with food offerings for those unseen who had crossed in to the land of the dead. For between the nights of October 31st and November 1st, the barriers between the worlds - which closed the doors of perception throughout the year - would fall away and the dimensions would interact freely with one another. At this time, when the harvest faded and the darker time of winter began, the known and the unknown would meet and dance in the flickering light of the celebratory flames..." You are all invited to help us to re-enact this ancient tradition at our free family-friendly 17th Annual Torchlit Procession & Samhain Festival of Fire 2016 event at 7pm on Monday October 31st during our Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival.
Visit www.spiritsofmeath.com for more information.