Category: Halloween

Quaint Old-Time Halloween Customs

In North Wales it has long been the custom for each family, on All Saints’ Eve, to build a large bonfire in a conspicuous place near the house; when the fire is nearly extinguished each member throws a white stone into the coals, having first marked it. They say their prayers turning around the fire, then retire. In the morning they pull the stones from the ashes, and if any of them is found lacking, the person who threw it will not live to see another All Saints’ Eve. A favorite ceremony of the Scottish peasantry was Pulling the...

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