It’s Halloween, witches!!
So, as you may know today is 31st of October and on this special day be prepared because ghosts will appear during the night booing you all the time, zombies will try to eat your brains, witches will try to put a spell on you and the most scary thing…little children are going to knock on your door trying to take away all the sweets you wanted to eat by yourself!!
You already know what date I am talking about? Yes, you’re right, it’s Halloween witches!!!One of the most terrifying night that doesn’t pass subtly upon us, whether you like it or not.
Halloween is celebrated in almost every country of the world even though not everyone knows how it really started but no worries because thankfully I did some research and I will tell you in a very briefly way.
Halloween has been celebrated in more than 3 thousand years having influences from various cultures over the centuries. From the Roman’s Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days.
In the region of what is now Great Britain and Northern France, lived the Celts. These people worshipped nature and had many gods.
They celebrated the festival of Samhain, which lasted for 3 days, beginning on 31 October (see the reference of the date?) In it, in addition to celebrating the end of summer and the beggining of the dark and cold season, they celebrated the passage of the Celtic year, which began on November 1.
It was also believed that on that day the dead rose and took hold of the bodies of the living. For this reason, fantasies were used and the party was filled with dark artifacts with the main intention of defending themselves from these evil spirits and of mingling with them, passing unnoticed.
Later, during the Middle Ages, the Church began to condemn the event, and from there came the name “Halloween.” During the Middle Ages, healers were considered witches and because they stood against the dogmas of the Church, they were burned in the fire pit.
Thus, in an attempt to ward off the heathen character of the feast, the church promoted changes in the calendar, so that All Saints Day was celebrated on November 1, which was previously held on May 13.
Hence the name Halloween comes from the junction of the words hallow, which means “holy,” and eve, meaning “eve.”
But the spread of Christianity did not make people forget their early customs. On the eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, people continued to celebrate the festivals of Samhain. October 31st became known as All Hallow Even, eventually All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowe’en, and then – Halloween.
-The request for candy made by children is related to the ancient Celtic tradition. As a way to appease the evil spirits people offered them food. Celtic women made a cake called a “soul cake.
– The candle tradition within the pumpkin comes from the folklore of Ireland and is related to the figure of “Jack of the lantern”. However, in the original story the pumpkin was a turnip.
Jack was a drunkard who, fooling the devil, managed to escape from hell. When he died, Jack was not accepted in heaven, so his soul wandered through the nights with a lantern to light the way. The lantern was actually made with a turnip but because there is na abudant pumpkins during this season, it stayed with it.
I hope this information was useful and now you can say you know how the tradition of this day started. It’s good to learn everyday a new thing, about whatever topic.
For now, let’s enjoy with the trick or treat and prepare oourselves for the night that is coming.