This weekend, We’ll be celebrating Halloween parties in many cities around the World. This curious celebration is relatively new in our country because of the big influence we have from the USA. But the history of Halloween doesn’t start exactly in the USA. If We explore the origins of Halloween we find that there was a Gaelic harvest festival on October31-November 1 called Samhain. It was popularised as the “Celtic New Year”. The date of Samhain was associated with the Catholic All Saints Day from at least the 8th century, and both, the secular Gaelic and the Catholic liturgical festival have influenced the secular customs now connected with Halloween.
The word Halloween represents a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.
Irish immigrants passed the tradition to North America during the Great Irish Famine in 1840. The Turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin. The American tradition of carving pumpkins was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.
Nowadays, commonly people includes activities such as trick-or-treating, where children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?”, attending customs parties, where traditionally the customs are supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils, carving jack-o’-lanterns (pumpkins), visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories or watching horror films.
Don’t you have your flyer to a Halloween party yet? Have you thought what are you going to custom in? Any excuse is good to be with your friends or your family to enjoy and have fun. Stores and shopping centres have found a new business with this holiday.
Death is still a very lively business.