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Halloween 2018

Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. And starting from the evening the night lasted until 12 p.m. Before the ceremony began, the people would decorate the house, dress up and the creepy, scary scheme. Children and adults can join and makeup into any character they love. In addition, Halloween nowadays is usually associated with the customary "trick-or-treat" (for candies or being teasers) or weatherer pumpkin decorations.

Ancient Origins of Halloween festival

The word "Halloween" inherent from the Christian origin. The word is an abbreviation for the "All Hallows’ Evening" cluster (which is the evening of the Holy Feast) for the ceremony to be held before the first day of November. This month is considered to be the month of the souls that have died, and in ancient English, "hallow" means that the board is honored for both the souls of his or her name.

But according to some research material suggests, this Halloween festival is actually influenced quite a lot from the Samhain ceremony of the ancient Celt peoples (read sow-in). This is where a nation lives more than 2000 years ago in the land of the time now is Ireland, northern France and England…

On 1/11 annually, this day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. Taking advantage of this moment, the souls that have eclipsed will most likely find the way to return to the living and the body search for revival. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

As such, on Halloween, people often quickly extinguish internal fires, to repel warmth, help the space become chilly and hope the souls will ignore. The dressing practices are creepy costumes for spooky simulation and noisy parades around the real neighborhoods that are to reassure the souls of the people.

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

Halloween Comes to America

The Halloween festival came with the United States by the first immigrants in the second half of the nineteenth century, largely from the United Kingdom and a handful coming from parts of the Celtic nation. From then on, they brought the country a different variety of customs. But for many reasons, it was not until the 1800, and the new Halloween festival became a pretty good-looking routine. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

Over time, the Halloween festival has traveled to many countries around the world, each country has certain variations to have their own Halloween day. To this day, the Halloween Festival has become popular all over the world.

Halloween costumes 

On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. And Halloween costumes are traditionally based on frightening supernatural or folkloric beings.
However, by the 1930s costumes based on characters in mass media such as film, literature, and radio were popular. Halloween costumes have tended to be worn mainly by young people, but since the mid-20th century they have been increasingly worn by adults also.

Halloween food

In ancient origins, on Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

Today, during the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives.

The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food and money.

Nowadays, in the Halloween party it is decorated with dishes that look very scary, with spooky shapes.

The meaning of the Halloween festival

Legend has it that Jack is a greedy teenager, the glue, but only the money that will never give a little to anyone, even if he or she has been playing comfortably with the devil.

Someone said, Jack had fooled the demons of Satan to climb a tree, at the time it did not notice that the young man carved the original cross tree, "locked" the demon on it. Jack's goal was to deal with the demon, which caught it not to tease me.

It was later due to excessive guilt of death, Jack was not up to heaven and was not to hell. Jack must roam to many places to find a seat. The only warm warmth for the old Jack in the cold is that the candlelit candle lighted inside the pumpkin he has with his side.

Through Jack's actions and life, the Halloween festival has two meanings that want to convey to us:

1. The educational significance of the Halloween festival

Life should not be colloid, dull or greedy too, so compassion, craving and helping people get stuck. At the same time, dark frolic with the devil, should understand, "the devil" understood in the sense of the game, the trick, the scare, threatening, causing others to fear and the magical things that caused harm to others and to the society. On the other, communicating with demons would be very susceptible to temptation, to follow the dark path, guilt.

2. The humanism sense of Halloween festival

If dig deeper, we will easily find humanism in the story and the legend of Halloween. Jack is only a fantasy character, but it is actually the metaphor that aims to be the ones in their life. After a young man's mistake, when he died Jack became a soul, there was no body place.

Traditional European festival-Halloween has spent the whole Jack a day to return to the ocean. In this day, Jack can play comfortably, as the people who live when they have the devil to help the spirit of Jack have a mixed tea, chasing loneliness.

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