Dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins into funny faces. These traditions are part of Halloween, a holiday known for fun, games and of course candy. At least in this day and age, the excitement that the public feels for this undocumented holiday isn’t the same as it was 2,000 years ago. For the story of Halloween dates back thousands of years to a festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). A group of people known as the Celts celebrated it to mark the end of the harvest season. They lived where Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are today. Samhain began on November 1, but the celebrations began the night before, on October 31. Families would gather for big
People celebrate halloween by dressing into costumes and would go house to house and say trick or treat and that person would give kids candy .Another way they celebrate halloween is that some would stay home and watch scary movies,visit haunted houses or carving pumpkins into jack lanterns with scary faces on there
Halloween for many Americans means dressing up as an animal, famous star, cartoon, etc. and going trick-or-treating with their family or friends. However, not many people know the meaning behind Halloween. It is always celebrated on October 31st no matter what day it lands on. Many people do not know the tradition of Halloween and where it came from. In fact, I did not know either until my High School teacher told me that Halloween came from Ireland. The purpose of dressing up is so that the spirits and demons cannot recognize human beings. Many people thought the dead would arise that day and that’s why people used masks to distinguish themselves. In addition, trick-or-treating was a way to give candy, food, or money, but throughout the years it has changed. People trick-or-treat to receive candy or get tricked, which is always fun for children and even adults. People have a choice of either staying in their homes and just give candy to people who knock on the door or receiving candy. If the light of the front door is on or the house is decorated, then it is a sign that you can knock on their door. On Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns is believed that he tricked the devil, and when he died he was rejected in heaven and hell; for that reason, he roams our world and we represent him by carving pumpkins. Halloween dealt with spirits
First is the history of Halloween all according to a 2017 article from LiveScience by Benjamin Radford. Around 2,000 years ago in the United Kingdom Ireland, and the northern part of France the people called the Celts started this holiday. They called it Samhain back then instead of Halloween. November 1st marked their new year which resulted in them celebrating on October 31st. The New Year brought wintertime which to them meant death. On the night before winter which was October 31st, they believe that the spirits of the Dead came back. They wore costumes, put on bonfires, burned crops and sacrificed animals. When the Romans
La dia de los Muertos dates back to as early as the maya and aztec days, nearly 3,000 years ago. “The Aztecs didn’t fear death. They believed the way a person died determines their type of afterlife.” (Sarah Massey) Families place alters in their homes with favorite foods of the deceased people, sugar skulls with their name on it, special possessions of the loved ones, and Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead). On the altar are four special elements, water, wind, fire, and earth. Candles represent fire, food represents the earth. Halloween dates back to the celt days, about 2,000 years ago. They lived in what now is known as Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. They gathered on October 31st to celebrate the end of the harvest season. The celts believed that spirits roamed the earth on this night. Celts out food out for the spirits, this was the first form of trick or treating. Some dressed up as the dead to scare away the spirits. They carved turnips and put candles in them to make lanterns. This tradition continued when the immigrants came to America, but pumpkins were easier to find so they carved pumpkins. They swapped scary stories and had a big feast. Roman Catholics began to celebrate All Hallows’ day on November 1st, October 31st became All Hallows’ Eve, later shortened to
Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated on the 31st of October across the globe. The holiday originated ancient Celtic. Celts lived 2000 years ago in the areas which are now Ireland, Northern France, and the United Kingdom. They had a similar celebration called Samhain. Samhain was celebrated on the 1st of November rather than the 31st of October. Throughout the centuries Halloween traditions have changed drastically. To see what a difference Halloween is now to back in time we must examine what traditions and celebrations were done, secondly how we celebrate the famously known holiday and finally what people have against the celebrations and traditions to this day.
The history of this holiday, like Halloween itself, is very interesting and gloomy. Halloween is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions. Many hundreds of years ago, when the Celts lived in Europe on the British Isles, November the 1st was their New Year's Day. They believed that the night before the New Year (October 31) was a time when the living and the dead came together. Ancient Celts lighted bonfires and wear costumes to ward off
The catholic holiday, Day of the Dead and the holiday Halloween may seem very alike with their traditions and themes, but, they are very different and have very different origins. Halloween and Day of the Dead happen at the same time, end of October and beginning of November. The background of these two holidays are very spiritual and they have an interesting story of how the Halloween and day of the dead was created. In this essay, I will be talking about the how Halloween and Day of the Dead are celebrated , the origins of Day of the Dead and Halloween, and decorations and celebrations of Day of the Dead and Halloween. Both Day of the Dead and Halloween deal with spooky traditions but they are very different than the stereotypical thought that they are just weird, scary holidays but after reading some background to these two holidays, many people realize there is a lot more to Halloween and Day of the Dead.
Imagine if Halloween as we know it was entirely different? What if Halloween colors were green and yellow instead of orange and black? Well, orange and black are the main colors of Halloween because death is mostly represented through the color black. Like at a ceremony for a person who has passed on. Orange traditionally represents harvest where the Celtics lived, such as England, Scotland, Ireland, and northern France, is where the ancient Celtic people lived. On October 31st, or the eve of the Celtic’s new year, they thought that the world of the dead and the living merged. In 800 AD, Halloween we know today began, and Christians finally reached the Celts. The Christians sought out to Celts’ Samhain festival (pronounced
The occasion started with tribes of Celtic ranchers in Celtic, Ireland more than 2,000 years back. The Celts did not call the celebration Halloween. It was called Samhain, the Celtic word for summer's end. This was a period for them to think back on the past and wish for a sound future. They trusted that the 31st was the day when
Halloween was brought to America after the Irish fled from their hometowns during a famine.
Many hundreds of years ago, European Celts believed that souls of the dead visited Earth on the last day of October. This belief spread to the Romans, and eventually to the region of the United States. Halloween was originally called Allhallowe’en, or the evening before All Hallows Day, a Catholic holiday that celebrated Saints. This name was eventually shortened to what we call it now, Halloween. The reasoning for some of the traditions we do on Halloween, like carving pumpkins came from a man named Jack. Jack’s behavior was too poor to get into heaven, or even hell, so he was deemed to walk the Earth with a lantern until judgement day. The Irish carved turnips to remind them to not behave as Jack did, but, since pumpkins were easier
Halloween costumes at this time also reflected people's interest in other cultures. Scottish and Irish immigrants in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries brought their Halloween folklore and traditions with them, which mixed in with the folklore, traditions and superstitions of other immigrants from Germany, Haiti and the Netherlands (“The History”).