Halloween !!

Now days Halloween is just about dressing up and having a party, or going trick or treating in children’s case. It has become less important over the years as its meaning doesn’t hold much anymore. I have always loved halloween and still do, as to me it is all about monsters and all things scary. Things that live in the dark. This is why I wanted to research more into its history…

Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve. It’s a holiday which is celebrated on October 31st, by dressing up, apple bobbing, bonfires, parties, trick or treating or visiting a haunted house. Just to name a few. The origin of this holiday begins in the celtic festival known a Samhain, which is a celebration of the end of the harvest season. It was a time used to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter, also because they believed that on the 31st of October the boundary between the living and the dead would be overlapped, resulting in the dead coming back and wreaking havoc on the crops. They would dress up in costumes in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them. They also made bonfires to attract insect, which in tern attracted bats. The practice of dressing up and begging from door to door goes back to the middle ages. Trick or treating resembles the old practice of ‘souling’, when poor people would go from door to door on November 1st, begging for food in return of prayers.

There are many more aspects of halloween which I hope to look into with more depth…

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