How much do you really know about Halloween? Every year people wear scary outfits, bob for apples and carve pumpkins on Halloween. But why? I bet you don’t know many facts about it. You might be surprised at what you find about it in my article.
Do you know why it is celebrated on 31st October only?
The date of October 31 was chosen as it was the last day of the year in the old Celtic calendar in which the year began on November 1.
From where this tradition came?
The tradition of Halloween comes from Samhain, an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people who would wear costumes and roam to ward of ghosts. Samhain means “summer’s end” and marks the beginning of winter.
It took place in the United Kingdom, Ireland and northwestern France. An intense and persistent fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
Halloween is held the day before All Saints’ Day, which is a Christian festival used to celebrate recognised saints.
Some people believe it originates from the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, meaning ‘Summer’s End’, which celebrated the end of harvest season.
Dressing up on Halloween
According to ancient Roman records, tribes located in today’s Germany and France traditionally wore costumes made of animals heads and skins. They believed that by doing this they connect to spirits of the dead.
Dressing up tradition on Halloween came from Celts. Celts dressed up in white with blackened faces during the festival of Samhain to trick the evil spirits. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats, eateries and food to placate spirits.
They believed that spirits roam on earth before All Saints’ Day on November 1.
Jack-o’-lanterns are the symbol of Halloween.
These were once made out of turnips, beets and potatoes, not pumpkins.According to a folklore, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
These facts are awesome! Aren’t they? Do you also have some facts or myth to tell us? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below!
We Wish You All, A Happy Halloween!