Halloween Day is observed and celebrated across several countries every year on 31st October. This day is considered as the eve of Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It prominently marks the day of remembering the dead, which includes the saints (Known as hallows), martyrs, and all the other faithful departed. It was originated in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This was a time when people used to light bonfires and wear different costumes to ward off the ghosts.
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About Halloween Day:
The day origins date back to the Celtic ancient festival of the Samhain. The Celts were a living being 2000 years ago in an old area, which is currently known to be Ireland, located in the United Kingdom and used to celebrate the new year.
This was marked as the end of the summertime and beginning of the cold, dark a time which is very often associated with human death. Celts on 31st October celebrated Samhain.
It was a time when they believed that the ghosts and spirits of the dead would return to the Earth. On this day all the saints were seen to incorporate the traditions of Samhain. The evening before the day was known to be Hallows Eve and later known to be Halloween.
Over the years, Halloween has gradually evolved into a day full of activities such as trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.
Why Do We Celebrate Halloween on October 31?
Halloween every year falls on 31st October this is because of the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, which was one of the earliest roots of the day which occurred on this particular day. It was considered an important day of the year.
It was time for all the seasons to change. Observes claimed that during this time boundary between this world and the next became especially thin, which enabled the people to get connected with the dead easily.
This same belief Is also shared by various other cultures. For example, a very similar thought process was mentioned around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also took place in October month. During this day many prayers are formed for the dead people, to keep their source relaxed. This is exactly how the day started to get connected to “haunted” connotations.
How is Halloween Day celebrated?
Halloween is one of the most waited days in America. Every year on 31st October both children and adults slip into during the night time to take the avatars of goblins, princesses, and pirates. There are different ways of how individuals celebrate, here are the most popular ones:
1. Americans generally celebrate by dressing up in different costumes telling tales of witches and ghosts.
2. Pumpkins are a must during Halloween. Pumpkins are seen to be carved into glowering jack-o’-lanterns.
3. Children generally are seeing parading from one place to the other by knocking at everybody’s house to call out “Trick or treat! All this is done in the hope to get their bags full of candies.
In the United States, Halloween celebrates all the spooky things. Especially in the US, people today celebrate the day with some odd traditions such as trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving. Here is a list of some interesting facts fun tidbits about this day:
- “Jack o’ lantern”: This comes from the legends of Irish of the stingy Jack.
- Candy corn was previously known as chicken feed.
- The fun activity Trick-or-treating comes from “souling”
- One of the most lit jack o’ lanterns on the display is 30,581
- Halloween folklore is one which is known to be an extreme of magic, fortune-telling, and future stuff.
- The day of the dead which is known as Halloween should be called Days of the Dead.
- The mask of Michael Myers is, in reality, is a mask of William Shatner mask
- The day has originated from an ancient Celtic festival
- Des Moine has a very fun and interesting tradition which is known to be Beggars’ Night
- The United States’ most popular house ‘The White House’ is known to be haunted.
- Halloween is known as the most sought after holiday after Christmas.
- The owl is considered a popular Halloween image. Whereas in Europe Owls were considered to be witches for the longest period.
- The largest pumpkin which was measured during the day broke all the records in 1993. The pumpkin weighed a whooping of 836 lb.
- Ireland is known to be the real birthplace of Halloween.
- The various names given to the day in the past are All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lambswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain, and Summer’s End.
- Halloween has been there since the past 6000+ years, which makes it one of the coldest days on Earth.
Different names across countries:
Here are a few names Halloween Day is recognized with. Have a look:
- Ireland – Oíche Shamhna
- England – All Soul’s day
- Mexico – Noche de Brujas
- India – Pitru Paksha
- Lebanon – St. Barbara’s Day
- Japan – Obon Festival
Halloween Day is celebrated across various countries in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Each nation celebrates this day in a different style. The standard way of celebrating Halloween is with different fun costumes, candy and trick-or-treating, etc.