What is Halloween?
The evening of 31 October, the eve of All Saints’ Day, festival by children dressing up in scary masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be related with the Celtic festival “Samhain” when ghosts and spirits were believed to be at home”.
This is an annual holiday celebrated every year on October 31, It began with the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe of Samhain when the people would light bonfire in honor of the dead and wear costumes to avert ghosts. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween.
It’s one of America’s most celebrated occasions, however, Halloween didn’t get its beginning in the United States.
In the 8th century, Pope Gregory 3 assigned November 1 as an opportunity to respect all holy people; soon, All Saints Day fused a portion of the traditions of Samhain.
Europeans of that time also faith that the spirits of the dead would visit the earth on Halloween occasion .They worried that evil spirits would cause problems for them.”Nn that night people wore halloween costumes that looked like cartoons ghosts and evil creatures. They believe that if they dressed like that constums, the spirits would consider them dead and not harm them.”
It is basically a funny day for children. Children dress up in costumes look like people wore thousand years ago,instead of worrying about ghosts and evil spirits,They go to each other’s houses and knock on the doors and says:“trick or treat”.
Young boys and girls also participated in this occasion with making him/herself clown makeup. The owner of every house gives candy or something special to them ,also to each others.
Most researchers agree Halloween it begun around 2,000 years ago, when Celtic people in Europe festivated the end of the reap and the beginning of another year in a celebration called Samhain.
Why Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween?
The tradition of carving faces into vegetables or fruits dates to the Celts.
thousands of years ago as the summer harvest came to an end, the Celtic people prepared for the dark of winter by shaping big bonfires in their fields.