What Actually ‘Halloween’ Is ? Everything You Need To Know About This Western Celebration Day

In case you’re wondering what people and why they’re going crazy about it last week.

This week, On 31 October, people has celebrated this popular ‘Halloween‘ Day (formerly called All Saints’ Day) in different parts of the world. People celebrated ‘Halloween‘ 2017 by wearing a scariest and funniest costume, playing out a spooky music, attending a nearby Halloween events, providing a Halloween treats or party and much more. But many people all around the world are still confused as to what actually ‘Halloween‘ is and Why most people and countries gets crazy for the ‘Halloween’ celebrations ?

1. WHAT ACTUALLY ‘HALLOWEEN’ MEANS ?

The ‘Halloween‘ is nothing but the night of 31 October. It is just a ‘name’ of a popular celebration day which is observed on 31 October every year. You can also understand the ‘Halloween’ as the common name of a celebration day having a deep-rooted history and meaning in the ancient Europe.

According to Google Dictionary ‘Halloween’ is…

“the night of 31 October, the eve of All Saints’ Day, often celebrated by children dressing up in frightening masks and costumes. Halloween is thought to be associated with the Celtic festival Samhain, when ghosts and spirits were believed to be abroad.”

Talking more about the ‘Samhain‘ (pronounced as ‘sow-inn’) and Celtic Festival. This ancient Celtic festival of Samhain was being celebrated by ‘The Celts‘, who lived about more than 2,000 years ago, and marked this festival as their New Year on November 1. With this it was the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter season or “darker-half” of the year.

2. HOW PEOPLE CELEBRATE ‘HALLOWEEN’ ?

Many people celebrate ‘Halloween’ differently based on their country and origin but there are some common ways people (including Christians and Non-Christians) prepares and celebrate ‘Halloween‘ passionately and whole-heartedly.

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So, Let’s discuss some of the common ways so you can also celebrate ‘Halloween’ next time.

  • WEARING A SCARIEST AND FUNNIEST COSTUME

For the true celebrations of ‘Halloween‘ one must wear and must make everyone wear scary and funny costumes as it plays an important role in ‘Halloween’. Also, if you’re hosting a party with your friends and family, you can conduct a small game based on the theme of ‘Halloween’ like carving the pumpkin, dancing like ghosts, etc.

  • PLAYING OUT SOME GHOST INSTRUMENTALS

As ‘Halloween’ is based on the ‘Feast of the Dead’, one must play some scary instrumentals and spooky music to set the mood and make suitable environment for the celebration. Take the help of Internet, download, collect and make a spooky playlist for your invited guests. You can also play some heart-warming and fusion instrumentals, if not scary.

  • APPRECIATE CHILDREN IN TRICK-OR-TREAT

If you’re trying out to join a ‘Halloween’ party don’t forget to dress up your child in “trick-or-treat” tradition. It is a tradition in countries like US to dress up children in different costumes such as a princess, a monster crocodile, etc after which they go house to house to collect candy or money. Therefore, you shouldn’t also forget gabbing a bunch of candy in your phone and provide to the trick-or-treaters on your way.

  • WATCHING HORROR MOVIES

There are people who resides in different non-christian countries where the ‘Halloween’ celebrations just becomes headlines in print or Digital media. But watching a horror movie with your friends or family on the eve of ‘Halloween’ is something that you can do in any country (unless you’re living in North Korea LOL). You can also plan to have a movie screening at your place inviting your besties. You may play movies like The Witch (2015), Halloween (1978) or Let The Right One In (2008).

3. HISTORY AND ORIGIN OF ‘HALLOWEEN’

The history and origin of this ‘Halloween’ festival and celebration can be traced date back in the ancient Europe in the area that has now become Ireland, the UK and Northern France. As believed by the people back then, on this day it marks the end of summer and the beginning of the dark and cold winter, which was often associated with the human death. Celts (Ancient people who lived more than 2,00 years ago) believe that on 31 October, the ghosts of the dead people returned to earth and that the fine boundary between the world and the living became blurred.

During this event and festival, the Celts prepares huge bonfires and wore different costumes which are made up of animal heads and skins which clearly directs towards each other’s fortunes.

According to the article ‘HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN‘ on History.com :

“By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.”

Earlier in Rome On May 13, there was a special day when the  Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in Western church. Later another King expanded this festival and included both Saints as well as martyrs and moved the date to November 1.In around 1000 A.D., the Church would make 2 November as – All Souls’ Day, which was a day to honor the dead. In All Souls’ Day, people also used to dress up and wear costumes as saints, angels and devils. On this occasion, they also lit big bonfires and conduct parades.

All Saints’ Day was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas, also some people began calling it as All-Hallows Eve and finally Halloween.

4. HALLOWEEN 2017 CELEBRATIONS (IN PICS)

People in US celebrated Halloween passionately and much excitement. While most of them (specially youngsters and adults) dressed up in different scary costumes many of them also celebrated it with their family at home or visiting a their friend’s home. Along with that, Military soldiers were also seen giving candies to small children when they seen some wearing cute costumes along the roadside and streets.

Here are some of the pics to show how people celebrated ‘Halloween’ in different parts of the world :

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Twitter (carved pumpkin showing scary faces of ghost)
Twitter (children wearing with scary makeup and costumes)

Keep yourself safe and celebrate ‘Halloween’ at your home peacefully.

Thank you.

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