In their heyday, the ancient Celts occupied territories across Europe. But where did the Celts come from originally? And in which direction(s) did Celtic culture spread?
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Who Were the Ancient Celts?
Uncover the culture behind the kilt in this introduction to the ancient Celts, Europe’s most misunderstood and misrepresented ancient peoples.
Why Do We Go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween?
The origins of trick-or-treating date back to Samhain, Halloween’s ancient Celtic progenitor. Learn how this costume- and candy-based ritual got its start.
Why Do We Give Out Candy on Halloween?
Yes, even Halloween candy has an ancient Celtic origin. Turns out, Samhain spirits are a bit snacky. Offerings must be made to keep evil at bay.
13 Celtic Myth-Inspired Halloween Costumes
Honor Halloween’s Celtic roots this spooky season by dressing up in a costume worthy of an Irish god…or monster. These Samhain costume ideas will hopefully help get your creative juices flowing.
Why Do We Wear Costumes on Halloween?
The Celtic origins of the Halloween costume, unmasked! Learn how Samhain superstitions gave rise to mummers, guisers, and costumed trick-or-treaters.
Why Are Black and Orange the Colors of Halloween?
Why do we decorate with black and orange on Halloween? Uncover the Celtic origins of this colorful tradition. (Hint: It all started with Samhain.)
Why Do We Bob for Apples on Halloween?
Bobbing for apples on Halloween is a tradition with deep roots in Celtic paganism. Learn how the festival of Samhain inspired this fruit-filled frenzy.
Púca Origins: How a Mischievous Little Monster Infiltrated Irish Folklore
What is a púca? Uncover the origins and etymology of an animal-spirit with a penchant for pranks, who proves Ireland’s most sinister supernatural beings come in small packages.
Who Is Balor of the Evil Eye? A Brief Biography of Irish Mythology’s ‘Big Bad’
As the leader of the marauding, murderous Fomorians, Balor of the Evil Eye is perhaps the most menacing villain in all of Irish mythology. (Wait, did I mention he can kill people just by looking at them?)