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costumes are out of the closet. But why do we celebrate on October 31? And why do we have certain traditions? Well if you\’re questioning just that, here\’s everything you need to know. The word Halloween or HalloweБen dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word means Бhallowed eveningБ or Бholy eveningБ. It comes from a Scottish term for All HallowsБ Eve (the evening before All HallowsБ Day) HalloweenБs origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the winter – a time of year that was often associated with human death.
The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. So on the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. TodayБs Halloween customs are also thought to have been influenced by Christian dogma and practices derived from it. Halloween is the evening before the Christian holy days of All HallowsБ Day (also known as All SaintsБ or Hallowmas) on November 1 and All SoulsБ Day on November 2 – giving the holiday on October 31 the full name of All HallowsБ Eve (meaning the evening before All HallowsБ Day).
Where do the traditions come from? Trick or treating : This tradition resembles the late medieval Christian practice of \’souling\’, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). Dressing up : On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. Pumpkin carving : The tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates to the Celts. As part of their autumnal celebration, they wanted to light the way to their homes for the good spirits, so they carved faces into vegetables such as turnips and squash.
Send us pictures of your little horrors by he origins of trick or treating and dressing up were in the 16th century in Ireland, Scotland and Wales where people went door-to-door in costume asking for food in exchange for a poem or song. Many dressed up as souls of the dead and were understood to be protecting themselves from the spirits by impersonating them. More about that below. P The Christian origin of the holiday is that it falls on the days before the feast of All Hallows, which was set in the eighth century to attempt to stamp out pagan celebrations.
Christians would honour saints and pray for souls who have not yet reached heaven. What has Halloween got to do with dressing up? Celts dressed up in white with blackened faces during the festival of Samhain to trick the evil spirits that they believed would be roaming the earth before All Saints\’ Day on November 1st. By the 11th century, this had been adapted by the Church into a tradition called \’souling\’, which is seen as being the origin of trick-or-treating. Children go door-to-door, asking for soul cakes in exchange for praying for the souls of friends and relatives. They went dressed upP PThe soul cakes were sweet, with a cross marked on top and when eaten they represented a soul being freed from purgatory.