Halloween or Hallowe'en was known to early European celebrators as All Hallows' Eve. All Hallows' Eve (October 31) and All Saints' Day (November 1) both paid homage to saints ("hallows" = saints).
Halloween takes place on October 31 and it begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. The word "Hallowe'en" means "hallowed evening" or "holy evening".
There are many traditions about this Halloween festival. But some believe, Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals like Samhain.
So, why is Halloween celebrated on Oct. 31? And why do we celebrate Halloween on this day? Here's the Halloween history:
The ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on October 31. It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but (more importantly) observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead. This belief is shared by some other cultures; a similar idea is mentioned around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also typically occurs in October and involves saying prayers for the dead.
After the fake skeletons are packed away and the candy corn is thrown away on Nov, 1, you'll need to bust out the red and green decor for the fast approaching Christmas season. So, enjoy every second of Halloween while you can. Here's why Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31.
On this day, In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows' Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
Besides, there are a lot of activities that are organized. It's include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films of young men.
What do you know about Halloween costume history and Trick-or-treating?
On this day, everyone dress up as saints and recite songs or verses from door to door. For children, they also go from door to door asking for "soul cakes", a treat similar to biscuits. Finally became a part of Halloween night as the concept evolved into trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween.
First supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils are traditionally modeled, it's Halloween costumes. However, over time, Halloween costumes became scary, spooky, funny, and creative. In the US, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. In Scotland and Ireland at Halloween by the late 19th century, Dressing up in costumes and going "guising" was very prevalent. "Guising" is a Scottish term, it's mean the disguises or costumes worn by the children. In Ireland the masks are known as ‘false faces’. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.
Trick-OR-Treat was later named for a fundraising program to support UNICEF. A United Nations Programme that provides humanitarian aid to children in developing countries, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF". In this program, they can solicit small-change donations from the houses they visit. It is estimated that children have collected more than $118 million for UNICEF since its inception. In Canada, in 2006, UNICEF decided to discontinue their Halloween collection boxes, citing safety and administrative concerns; after consultation with schools, they instead redesigned the program.
Haunted attractions in Halloween festival
On the Halloween festive season, haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses that may include haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides, and the level of sophistication of the effects has risen as the industry has grown. So, wherever you can also see the Halloween air permeate the streets.
Many Western Christian denominations encourage abstinence from meat on Hallows' Eve. So, it's giving rise to a variety of vegetarian foods associated with this day.
On Halloween, in the Northern Hemisphere Halloween comes in the wake of the yearly apple harvest. So, candy apples (known as toffee apples outside North America), caramel apples or taffy apples are common Halloween treats made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, sometimes followed by rolling them in nuts.
For modern-day Ireland, the baking is a popular dish here. Which is a light fruitcake, into which a plain ring, a coin, and other charms are placed before baking. It is considered fortunate to be the lucky one who finds it. It has also been said that those who get a ring will find their true love in the ensuing year. This is similar to the tradition of king cake at the festival of Epiphany.
Halloween remains a popular celebration on the world. Though the traditions and importance of Halloween vary greatly among countries that observe it. Halloween is especially popular in Ireland, where it gave rise to a public holiday, and in most parts of America. Also, Halloween has become another very important day in the commercial promotions calendar, especially in America, is a twentieth century phenomenon. If Christmas and Easter in importance to retailers then Halloween costumes, decorations and entertainment; and the sale of greeting cards, sweets and candies now reaches a distinct peak around Halloween time.
In England, the traditional community games and fun associated with Halloween have faded. Because, health concerns expressed about games like bobbing for apples are a sign of modern attitudes; but the alternative forms of entertainment now available, such as watching horror movies on DVD at home, have probably had a much greater influence on the decline. With such changes, the purpose of the door-to-door collection has long shifted from gathering fruit and other items to use in the community fun activities, to collections of sweets, candy and money for personal gain.
Adults worry the safety of children moving from door-to-door to collect sweets and gifts from strangers in large city communities. If not monitored and protected, will probably suffer from bad guys taking advantage of and damaging their kids. There is no denying that many children love the fun of dressing up and the "loot" they gather. On the other, some of these begging activities in the Hallowween festival make some modern adults feel uncomfortable, especially the suggestion of stand over tactics by threatening a trick if gifts are not given. So, some home owners go out of their way to make the collection a fun event for the children in their community. They will decorate their homes, stock up on sweets and small change, and even play along with the Halloween theme with sound effects and other ways to create a scary atmosphere.
Today, some young people took advantage of this activity to sabotage or trick, it broke the beautiful image of Halloween with minor mischief or witty pranks.
However, every year, people still see Halloween festivals still held monumental. Because, organized entertainment around the Halloween theme for people of all ages seems to be going from strength to strength. Halloween theme costume parties, both commercially organized and private, have gained in popularity and will no doubt keep the Halloween traditions alive for many years to come. And this year, once again, we'll all be enjoying our favorite treats and admiring our neighbors' decorations on October 31—and the only spooky spirits we'll be talking about are the witches and ghosts our friends dressed up as. And you, what are you waiting for without preparing yourself for a terrifying appearance for the upcoming Halloween festival? Have fun time and enjoy it!