Where Did the Halloween Tradition of Bobbing For Apples Come From and What Does it Symbolize?

Halloween was the Celts’ most significant annual holiday.

After the Romans invaded Britain, they respected and adopted a few of the Celtic practices.

And during the first century AD, the two cultures began integrating their late autumn rituals.

In October, the Romans celebrated Pomona, the goddess of fruit and trees.

Her symbol was an apple, which is how that fruit, whether bobbing for it or otherwise, became symbolic of Halloween.

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