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APCs Insider, October 29, 2010

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In the cartoon “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Linus states that the Great Pumpkin will rise from which type of pumpkin patch?

a. The biggest
b. The loneliest
c. The most decorated
d. The most sincere

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Last week’s question

Halloween originated as a pagan festival known as what?

a. Beltain
b. Litha
c. Lughnasad
d. Samhain

The correct answer is D. Samhain means "End of Summer" in old Irish and, typically, is celebrated on October 31. Because of its date, it became associated with the Christian festival All Saints' Day, and greatly influenced the modern celebration of Halloween.

Originally, Celts celebrated the “Feast of the Dead” by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead.” They left lit single candles in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. They set extra chairs at the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Celts also buried apples along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. People dressed in white (to resemble ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the nature spirits.

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