The fall is a very controversial season. Some people love it, other don’t. But no matter how you feel about it, you can always enjoy its perks. Now that you have asked, we will tell you a little bit about Halloween and its origins.
Halloween, or the day of the dead, dates back to many cultures and civilizations. The beginning of winter is often linked to the rising of dead spirits to earth. There are similar festivals to Halloween in Latin America, ancient Greece, and other countries as well. Some of them are still being celebrated till today even. However, it mostly came from from the British Isles.
If you think that Halloween is an American tradition, you are wrong. It originally came from the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the British Isles. This area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. The celts celebrated “Samhain” which is a festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. They used to celebrate it from the 31st of October to 1st of November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset.
During Samhain, the people believed that the ghosts of their ancestors and dead loved ones return to earth. They used to honor that by putting extra places on their dining tables and serving extra food for their deceased relatives. They would also put extra food and drinks at their door steps for the ghosts and dead spirits roaming the streets. This is probably how the idea of Halloween candy and treats came from. Also, people leaving the housed used to wear masks so that other ghosts would not recognize them as humans and mistaken them as fellow spirits.
After centuries of the tradition, the church started naming the day “All Saints” eve, which later on became Hollo’s Eve, then Halloween. The Halloween started taking its current form and set of new traditions starting the 1950s when children started going trick or treating and costumes became a big thing. Currently, Halloween is the second biggest festival in the USA after Christmas. It is also catching up with the rest of the world.
Tell us what are your plans for Halloween this year??