Halloween is a yearly holiday celebrated on October 31 each year and 2019 Halloween will occur on Thursday, October 31 and is also seen as a secular and a religious holiday. It emanated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to turn away from the Ghosts.
The Celts, who lived 2000 years ago near Ireland, Northern France, and the United Kingdom, marked their new year on November 1. All saints day incorporated some of the Samhain tradition after Pope Gregory designated November 1 as the time to honor the saints. See More Funny Halloween Images, Pictures, Wallpaper
Some also believe that this festival came from the pagan tradition where they honored the God of Fruits such as the Roman Pomona. An evening before Halloween was known as All Hallows Eve. As time passed, Halloween emerged as a day of activities like carving jack-o-lanterns, festive get together, donning costumes and eating sweets.
This day is marked as an end to summer and the harvest with the beginning of the dark and cold winter and often this time is associated with human death.
It is since the Celts believed that the night prior to the New Year, the line between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
It is also believed that on the night of Halloween the ghost of the dead returned to earth. They use to cause trouble and damage crops while Celts thought that the presence of such spirits will make it easier for the Druids or Celtic priests, to make accurate predictions about the future.
During the long dark winter, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and to commemorate the event, Celtic priests built huge sacred bonfires, where people would come to burn crops and animals as a sacrifice to the deities. Celtic used to wear costumes made of animal head and skins.
There is also an important fact about Halloween which is: – A quarter of all the candies sold in the United States annually are sold on the single day of Halloween.
Children dress themselves in a Halloween costume like a witch or a ghost. They may also choose to emulate Superman or Batman rather than something with an evil theme. Children love to tell ghost stories on Halloween.
This festival is also celebrated outside the United States in countries like China who celebrates the festival of Hungry Ghosts where they offer gifts to the ghosts to give them ample of comfort to retreat. Irish also celebrates this festival with great pomp and show.
They decorate their houses with turnips, candles, and carved pumpkins. Japanese celebrates the Bon festival which is a Buddhist holiday that honors the deceased, mainly the ancestors of the observer.
They celebrate the day with outdoor festivals, grave visits and also light the lanterns to flow down bodies of water which is a symbol of spirits returning to the underworld. Romanians celebrate the story of “Dracula” and believe that he came to haunt the town from time to time as he was attracted to the area where witch trials took place.