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A Story From: Scotland
Read Time: ["10 to 15mins"]
For Ages: 8 to 10yrs., 12 to 14yrs.

A beekeeper must protect an enchanted hare from an evil witch.
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Retold by Elaine Lindy ©2007. All rights reserved.


The term Halloween, and its older rendering Hallowe'en, is shorted from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening of/before "All Hallows' Day" (also known as "All Saints' Day"). The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Sants' Day from May 13 to November 1. In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although we now consider All Saints' (or Hallows') day to be on the day after Halloween, they were, at that time, considered to be the same day. (Wikipedia)

This story is called a sgeulachdan (skale-ak-tan) . A sgeulachdan is a tale that's told as part of the entertainment at a gathering such as a wedding or a funeral. Almost always the sgeulachdan had a theme for the occasion. "The Beekeeper and the Bewitched Hare" is a tale suitable for All Hallows' Eve, the holiday known in this country as Halloween.