The festival of pumpkins, candies and horrific costumes comes! The one of its kind, Halloween is the festival which excites me the most. Everything that makes Halloween unique is so unique!
But, since many countries don’t celebrate Halloween, I would love to talk about Halloween, its customs and the reasons behind them. So without a further a due, let’s dive deep into it!
1)Halloween – the origins
Halloween has its roots with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Pope Gregory III designated 1st of November as a day to honor all saints. They called this day All saints day. Thereafter, All saints day custom incorporated some traditions of Samhain. The evening before this day was All Hallows Eve, which later became Halloween.
2)Naming and significance:
Halloween is a contracted form of Hallow’s evening. It is also known as Allhalloween, All-hallows Eve or All saints eve.
This day marks the end of summer (and hence the end of the harvest) as well as the beginning of cold dark winter. Celts believed that the boundary separating us from the world of the dead is blurred( spooky right?!). This time of year is frequently associated with human death.
During ancient times, to commemorate this glorious event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires. The people gathered around the bonfire and burned crops and animals. It was a custom Celtic people in the worshiping of Celtic gods. Also, during this custom, celts wore animal skins and heads as a disguise. Which probably evolved into ghostly costumes which we see today.
Today, we celebrate Halloween with traditions like trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, and much more fun.
We will discover more about Halloween in our upcoming blogs.