October 31 is Halloween Day. Here are some interesting facts behind Halloween Day. Hush…here you go…
The story of Halloween:
Halloween traditions are believed to have originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. There are some views that support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.
Halloween activities include attending Halloween costume parties, trick-or-treating, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian rituals, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically restrain from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including potatoes, apples, pancakes and soul cakes.
Halloween costumes are traditionally modelled after supernatural figures such as monsters, vampires, skeletons, ghosts, witches, and devils. Over time, in the United States the costume selection extended to include popular characters from celebrities, fiction and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.
Dressing up in costumes and going “guising” was prevalent in Scotland and Ireland at Halloween by the late 19th century. Costuming became fashionable for Halloween parties in the US in the early 20th century, as often for adults as for children. The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming accepted in the United States.
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