Eclipses are special events of a natural phenomenon which are commonly celebrated with a party-like attitude.
Everyone scurries around making special boxes through which to watch the solar eclipse—because everyone knows that looking at a solar eclipse with the naked eye can cause severe visual damage, even permanent blindness.
However, in ages past, when people were unaware of the natural explanations of eclipses, these unexpected events were frightening. Some people thought that a great dragon was eating the Sun. It seemed as though the world were coming to an end.
People sacrificed animals, and probably each other, lit fires, threw themselves off cliffs, offered songs, prayers, and words of encouragement to the gods or the Sun itself. Don’t die! And, sure enough, the Sun returned.