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  • marc

    I’ve heard that Orange and Black had something to do with the English Civil War fought between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists. I think the Roundheads wore the colors to mock the other side.

    I may be wrong.

    • FMH

      Sounds more likely, since most “ancient Celtic” explanations are actually pretty modern.

      • Anonymous

        it is bad

    • cody

      i will look in to that

  • FMH

    It should strike the reader that the “celtic” festival of samhain was mentioned first in the tenth century. Long after pagan rites had died out. Everything we know today about those rites was made up by poets and scholars in the 19th century, as well as the “pagan” background of easter. It is quite possible that samhain never existed at all.

    • nyx

      actually, pagans still celebrate samhain. it hasn’t “died out”.

      • FMH

        It had already died out some time before the 10th century. What we have today is a new celebration under an old name. If it has anything in common with the original, it’s by pure chance.

  • Nathan

    I am somewhat surprised you didn’t mention the story behind witches on broomsticks, maybe it would have been witch overkill, or you wanted this article to be more family friendly. Anybody interested can google it, because you didn’t hear it from me.

    • Shell Harris

      Now I’m curious.

      • nyx

        i think the witches on broomsticks came around because witches use brooms or besoms alot to “sweep away” negative energy.