31 October 2020
It is here, it is here! Halloween is officially here and finally we got everything that was worth waiting for another year - from creepy costumes to trying out ideas for carving pumpkins with children and, of course, eating an incomprehensible amount of Halloween treats, candy and chocolate, and enjoying all the pumpkin.
In this article, we'll walk you through the origins and meaning of Halloween in the hope that it will make your celebration even more exciting.
Many hundreds of years ago people called the Celts lived in Europe and the British Isles. The Celts believed that the souls of the dead visit Earth on the last day of October. They had a holiday in honor of these souls of the dead, and they named it Samhain.
Over time, the Roman Empire conquered the Celts and adopted some of their beliefs. This included Samhain. The Romans combined it with their holidays. And as the Roman Empire spread to much of the known world, the idea that the souls of the dead visit Earth on the last day of October has spread everywhere.
Many ideas from the Roman Empire still exist in the United States and other Western countries. Halloween is one of them.
In the 8th century, the Catholic Church proclaimed November 1 as All Saints Day. There were already several days in the church calendar in honor of the saints. November 1 was chosen as a day in honor of all the saints who had not yet had a day named after them.
And the mass that the Catholic Church celebrated on November 1 was called Allhallowmas. This meant “the mass of all saints (holy people). It was usually called "All Hallows' Day".
And somewhere along the way, the night before became known as Allhallowe'en, which was short for "the evening before All Saints Day." It was then shortened to what we now call Hallowe'en.
The last question: why do people dress up as ghosts, goblins, vampires and other scary creatures? The people who started this whole Halloween business years ago believed that if they looked scary, they would scare away the spirits of the dead that roamed the earth on the eve of All Saints' Day. These people also brought food to the outskirts of the city and left it there, hoping that the spirits would eat the food and not attack the village.
The traditional colors of this holiday are black and orange. Orange comes from the fall harvest, while black symbolizes death.
About 40% of Americans dress in Halloween costumes. About 72% give out sweets.
It is believed to be the second most successful commercial holiday in the United States after Christmas.
About 40% of adults steal candy from their own candy bowl.=)
The traditional pumpkin lantern is called the Jack-o'-lantern. They were originally made from turnips and potatoes.
Nowadays, the holiday has lost its historical and religious significance and has become just another reason to have fun. Therefore, have a lot of fun and enjoy yourself this holiday! =) Thank you for reading)
Author: Andrew Shapovalov
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