What Actually is Halloween?
Have you ever wondered, '' What is Halloween all about?''. You are at the right place if you ever tought about it. Lets jump straight into it!
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Meaning of Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31 every year and Halloween 2021 takes place on Sunday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon All Saints took up some of the traditions of Samhain. The night before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities such as trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes, and eating treats.
Ancient Origins of Halloween
The origins of Halloween go back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced: sow). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mainly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their New Year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the line between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the spirits of the dead returned to Earth.
In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, the Celts believed that the presence of the alien spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people completely dependent on the ephemeral natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where people gathered to burn crops and animals as offerings to the Celtic gods. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, usually consisting of animal heads and skins, and tried to predict each other's fate.
When the feast was over, they lit their log fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
Why do we celebrate Halloween (Trick or Treat)?
The custom of trick-or-treating, where children dress up in costumes and ask for treats from neighbors, became popular in the United States in the early 20th century when Irish and Scottish communities new the Old World use of "guiting." breathed life into. a person would dress up and tell a joke, recite a poem, or perform some other trick in exchange for a piece of fruit or some other treat. By 1950, trick-or-treating for candy had become one of the most popular Halloween activities. Today, Halloween is one of the largest candy sales holidays in the United States. Did you know that it is so big that the United States spend more than $2.5 billion annually on candy!
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