What is Halloween?
Today is October 31st ! The world party and global masquerade !!!
From Europe to America all over the world people are celebrating HALLOWEEN!
The day when the sky and the earth are merged, and the dead interfere with the living.
Carved pumpkins, costumes, masks, horror films and terrible stories are just a fraction of the customs that follow the “most terrible night” of the year.
Just a business or something more than that?
Halloween is worth billions! America, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Japan celebrate this holiday and have made a billion-dollar business out of it.
Halloween – global masquerade – the second most expensive holiday in the world, right after Christmas.
Purchasing decoration for house and yard, large quantities of sweets for children and various masks, in countries where this custom is practiced, primarily for fun, becomes one of the non-exclusive ways of celebrating this holiday.
Shopping and giving out sweets to your own, as well as the neighbours’ children dressed in various costumes, who go from door to door and sing songs (,) in exchange for delicacies, has almost become inevitable in every young modern family.
Every year candies for Halloween are sold (each year) in the United States for a total value of about $ 2 billion. It’s incredible, isn’t it?
Halloween Worldwide Global Masquerade
Nowadays Halloween is a global masquerade that is becoming more and more popular in our region as well.
Interpreting and linking this previously pagan Celtic holiday with horror and creatures such as witches, skeletons, bats, owls, black cats, spiders and the devil is an extravagant fun for both children and adults today.
How did Halloween come about?
“All Hollow’s Eve” (Halloween), that is, the Evening of All Saints, or Night of Witches, has been celebrated since the ancient times.
The term comes from the Christian All Hallows Eve or the Eve before All Saints (November 1st).
The Halloween feast was adapted by Christians who wanted to eradicate the paganism and over the years some darker aspects of the Halloween were replaced by lighter content and celebrations in the spirit of family values.
The holiday originated from the Celtic pagan customs.
Ever since the ancient times, the Celts celebrated the end of the harvest, the arrival of winter and the new year dedicated to the God of the sun and the master of death on November 1.
They believed that the previous night, on October 31st, the ghosts of the dead would return to Earth making trouble and destroying crops. To get rid of them and reconcile them with “evil spirits,” they would put on scary animal costumes, the dead and the living would mix, which has been kept up to this day.
With a few changes, this custom was taken over by the ancient Romans who believed that the “dark” period of the year also came with the arrival of winter. At their home thresholds, they would leave the turnips in which they would first insert candles, as well as plates with the best food, in order to satisfy the evil spirits.
As people in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries moved to North America in search of a better life, this feast of turnips was replaced by pumpkin, which grew better on the American soil.
Pumpkin – Halloween symbol
A pumpkin with hollow shaped holes in the form of eyes, nose and mouth, and candles that illuminate them from the inside have become the symbol of this interesting holiday.
As the story spread, and Halloween slowly became an increasingly popular holiday in countries around the world, (so) the story changed. Because of this, some have carved tomatoes, some potatoes, and eventually the pumpkin become the common symbol.
This story is based on the Irish legend about the farmer Jack.
There is an old Irish legend about the farmer and greedy gambler Jack, who was known for his ingenuity. He managed to make the devil climb up a tree and to hold him captive there by fixing a cross on the tree. Out of vengeance the devil damned him, so that he would wander forever in the night, illuminating the way with a candle lit inside of a turnip.
The legend says that since then he has become a wanderer who, trying to find his way home, walks around the dark streets, carrying a turnip in his hand and scaring people around him.
“Trick or treat” tradition
Next to the lightening of the fire and wearing costumes, the search for delicacies from door to door also has a long tradition. The popular “trick or treat” tradition comes from the Middle Ages.
On the All Saints’ Day the poor went from house to house and received food in exchange for prayers which, on the Day of All Saints, would be spoken for the dead on the next day.
Nowadays, children are doing that just for fun.
Halloween – the day when various witches, skeletons and zombies walk around the neighborhood (,) and ghosts looking for sweets knock on the doors.
If the calendar shows October 31, don’t worry, it is the time for the gathering of family and friends, collecting sweets and telling scary stories.
And if it’s not October 31, then nobody can help you! Hide (yourself) well and do not open the door! : D: D: D