Dr. Jill Leterii
English 111 HYA
19 Oct, 2017 Halloween vs Easter
Who doesn’t enjoy celebrating annual holidays? In America, there are a wide array of cultures, backgrounds, and religious beliefs, holidays can be enjoyed by many. Halloween and Easter are some of those popular holidays of the year that many people celebrate. Americans love to dress up on both occasions and celebrate their religion with family and friends. During Halloween and Easter, children also get the opportunity to eat lots of candy and participate in many fun-filled holiday activities. It may seem like Halloween and Easter have a lot in common, but they are actually very different. Although Halloween and Easter are popular holidays throughout the …show more content…
(Villalba). While some religions honor Halloween, others honor Easter. Easter is a holiday celebrated by Christian faith. Easter day represents the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. For Christians, Easter marks the end of Lenten fasts, which is why Easter is usually celebrated with a feast. Some Christians believe that by following the process of fasting, baptisms, and sacraments, is their way to get into heaven.
Halloween and Easter also differ in terms of children festivities. Halloween offers many fun and exciting activities for children. Every year children around the world love to go to the grocery store, or local farm and pick out their favorite pumpkin. Children then go home and get to decorate or carve their pumpkin however they like. They can create jack-o-lanterns or even funny faces out of their pumpkins. Other than the usual trick-or-treating, many community buildings and schools create Halloween fairs and events for children of all age groups. This includes hayrides, face-painting, and some spooky attractions. Some events even offer the opportunity for kids to create their own costumes; which gives children an opportunity to express themselves. On the other hand, Easter’s activities are much different compared to Halloween. During Easter, children get the opportunity to go on an Easter egg hunt. Easter egg hunts involve children scrambling around on a scavenger hunt trying to find the hidden Easter
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Skulls, ghost, masks, and skeletons are symbols seen every year during two famous holidays, Dias de los Muertos and Halloween. There are many people who think Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the same celebration as Halloween, just the Mexican Version. Is it though? By looking at the celebrations of Dias de los Muertos and Halloween, and their background, then comparing and contrasting each one, an obvious difference will be seen.
Every year millions of kids get dressed up, knock on doors, and beg for candy. With Halloween just around the corner, you all are probably wondering where this strange tradition came from. Every year I have experienced this holiday and have done research on this topic. According to a 2014 Smithsonian.com article, stated by Natasha Geiling, in just one year Americans spent over six billion dollars on candy, costumes, and ghoulish decor in anticipation for Halloween. Many people think all Halloween is about dressing up and going trick or treating but there's more to it than that. The roots and variations from all around are what makes Halloween what it is today. In order to understand this holiday, we will go into the history of Halloween, how it's celebrated around the world, and superstitions revolving it.
Halloween has already spread worldwide, and been given many cultural interpretations of what it represents, and how it should be celebrated. However, Día de los Muertos has just recently started spreading farther outside of hispanic culture. Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrating death and the afterlife that death brings, as well as embracing the deceased as if they are, in a way, gods. Whereas, Halloween’s
Introduction: Patrons of the season of Halloween spend over $2.5 billion dollars every year on candy, costumes, and decorations. Every year millions of kids get dressed up, knock on doors, and beg for candy. Have you ever wondered where this strange tradition originated? The three most important points of Halloween can be summed up by looking at its origins, how it came to include jack-o-lanterns and bobbing for apples, and how it is celebrated today with trick-or-treating and haunted houses.
Halloween is the point at which you cut Jack o' Lanterns out of pumpkins, design the house with a ghoulish topic, parties, and go trap or treating way to entryway wearing ensembles. Halloween is praised by both kids and grown-ups. Kids spruce up in
Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are very interesting holidays in there own different ways. Halloween and Day of the Dead can be similar but on the bottom line they are very different by the way they decorate, what they eat, and how they celebrate the holidays. The two holidays may seem similar at first but after understanding the complexity of the ideas behind both holidays actions, your opinion can change. For example during Halloween some kids might go trick or treating but in Mexico during the Day of the Dead, people would go to grave sites and have picnics with people who have passed on and a famous sauce they would eat is mole sauce which is like a spicy chocolate sauce. There are a lot of differences to explore about the two
On Dia de los Muertos, the people who celebrate this holiday celebrate death. The Mexicans and Central Americans who celebrate Dia de los Muertos think that death is just another part of life, and that the people who die go to the afterlife. During Dia de los Muertos, the families of the loved ones who’ve died will create an altar for the dead person’s spirit. The families will make the altar, and cover it with food, decorations, and things that the person had once liked. Objects like a drink or food they liked, or a colored cloth representing the color, or even toys or games that the person liked before the death. The altar is covered in Las Flores. This flower is something that everyone has on their altars. Las Velas light and guide the souls to the altar.The people also celebrating Dia de los Muertos dress up like what the person looked like, or what job they had. On Halloween, people dress up as whatever they want to be to get candy, and go Trick-or-Treating. On Halloween in Europe in medieval times, the people would go out in costumes because they were scared that there were spirits roaming around. They didn’t do this “holiday” because it was fun, instead they did it out of fear. Halloween started with the Celtic pagan ritual known as Samhain. During “Halloween” in medieval times, the people believed that barrier between our world, and the spirit world was at its thinnest, and people could communicate with the dead.
The catholic, mexican holiday, Day of the Dead and the very westernized holiday Halloween may seem very alike with their traditions and themes, but in retrospect, 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.
She rolls her eyes while my youngest son runs around the house in his pirate zombie costume. We have learned the origins of Halloween for years, some say it is the celebration of the dead, others say is the Wiccan practice, a pagan celebration. Add the urban myths about candy filled with glass, apples injected with poison, and you have the perfect recipe to keep your kids scarred for life.
2) Support (Evidence) The celebration takes place at midnight on October 31st and goes on through November 1st and November 2nd. It is designed to honor the dead souls who, it is believed, return to their earthly homes on Halloween. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives and decorate it with flowers, favorite foods and drinks of the departed (Markello). Some other decor are the widely known sugar skulls which represent the celebration of life and death. They can all be made differently in colorful and creative design combinations to personalize the skulls after the person they are made for. The intent of all this is to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will provide protection, good luck, and wisdom to their families.
Now I know this is off topic of what I normally blog about.So don't get all mad at me cuz I'm not blogging about what I normally blog about, cuz I don't wanna hear you complaining that I'm not blogging about what I normally blog about. I don't have time for that. So as you can tell from the title I will be talking about halloween. Halloween is the one time where you can dress up as whatever you want. You also get free candy from random people. Every year our school has this halloween dance. At this halloween dance you go and and hang out with your friends. You can either go to the halloween dance in your costume or bring your costume and get dressed at the dance.
First of all, I asked her if there is a relation between the Halloween and pumpkins. She answered by saying that the pumpkins is considered as an official fruit of Halloween. People carved nose, mouth, eyes on the pumpkins, then put a candle inside it, and they make a jack-o-lanterns. Then, she told me how the people celebrate Halloween by decorate their houses by webs, scarecrow, pumpkins, and ghosts, black cats, and bat. They wear special scary or funny costumes. Also, there are many activates which are related to the Halloween such us bob for apples, trick-or treat, visit a crone maze, go on a hydride. She clarified in details trick of treat activity and how the children carry bags and go to their neighbors to request a candy or toy. Finally, we concluded our conversations by describing the type of food and drinks in Halloween
This proves that Halloween did not sell as much sugary treats as Easter did. Thursday, the 24th of March this year at 12:34 PM EST, Mark Fahey published, "In the week before Easter last year, Americans bought $823 million in creme-filled eggs, chocolate rabbits and colored marshmallow Peeps, according to Nielsen data. That narrowly beats out Halloween as the most lucrative week of the year for candy retailers." Clearly, if it waists millions of dollars in candy it is very
Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money. Over time this tradition turned in to today modern “trick or treating”. In the late 1800s, America turned Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, and witchcraft. As the centuries changed 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. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century (Kammen).
Easter is a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead which is described in the New Testament as having ocurred on the third day of his burial, after his crucifixtion by the Romans at Calvary c 30 AD. Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as 'Holy week', which is preceded by a forty-day fasting period, prayer and penance. Easter is known for being a moveable feast because it doesn'tfall on fixed dates in the Georgian as well as Julian calendar, but it rather follows a calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. It has to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occures soonest after 21 March, but calculations vary.