Happy Halloween !!! Know history, Tradition and Facts

Halloween is the end of summer celebrated on 31st October every year. This is an old tradition originated from ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The tradition to celebrate Halloween is to light the bonfires and wear the costumes to ward off ghosts.

Pope Gregory in 8th century decided to honors all the saints on November 1, as this day incorporates traditions of Samhain and the evening before was known as All Hallows Eve which became Halloween now. 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. On the night of October 31st they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

In general on Halloween it is considered to do activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treat.

Know more about Trick-or-Treat

It is an European tradition that Americans adapted over time to celebrate the Halloween. They dress up in costume and go from house to house asking for treat. A treat can be money or food. This practice is eventually becoming Trick-or-Treat. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.

In the late 1800s, American molded Halloween into a holiday or get together in community and neighbouring than about ghosts, pranks and witchcrafts. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes.

Halloween Parties

After adapting tradition from Europe new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

Facts Check:

  • Halloween is on 31st October every year.
  • Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween.
  • 25% of total chocolate sales in the US happen only for Halloween.

I will share my first experience of Halloween in my next blog. What are you waiting for?? Go ahead and trick-or-treat. Happy Halloween!!!!

About Dr Namrata

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