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A Brief History of Halloween

One of the most controversial holidays is Halloween. It’s a holiday that’s full of tricks, treats and is one of America’s favorite. This is really the only time of the year that people dress in costumes, and partake in spooky decorations. It’s a holiday with superstitions and mythical creatures. The fall season is in full effect and this fun, festival, and this known holiday is just around the corner.

Where Halloween Originated From

This holiday began with the Celtic festival of Samhain lighting bonfires and wore costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Pope Gregory III named November 1st the day to honor the saints and martyrs. This day was the end of summer and the beginning of the cold weather. Celtics believed the worlds between the living and dead intertwined.

October 31st was first celebrated as a day people from the dead would return. In celebration, Druids burned crops and animals to surrender to what the Celtics worshipped. They wore costumes with animal heads and gave each other psychic readings. Most of the traditions of Halloween such as bobbing for apples came from honoring Pomona’s apple symbol. Christianity started to influence the Celtics. The church made November 2 All Souls Day. It had the same traditions as Samhain with big bonfires, parades, dressing up in costumes. The other names All-hallows or All-hallowmas meaning All Saints Day. The Samhain and Celtics religion called it All-hallows Eve and in the end, the name changed to Halloween.

Halloween in America

The American culture caught onto Halloween in Maryland and other southern colonies. There were a lot of religious people against celebrating the holiday in other parts of America. The new edition of Halloween customs began as other cultures began to merge with America. People at first would celebrate by having parties, telling stories of the dead, have psychic readings, dance, and sing.

After the Irish Immigrants came to America they began helping to make the Halloween a national holiday. The dressing up in costumes came from the Irish and English traditions. They would go from house to house asking for food and money. This is where Halloween got its annual trick or treat tradition.

Halloween Today & The Superstitious

In the 1920’s and 30’s, it was a day with parades, parties, and family fun. By the 1950’s many people started limiting the celebration. Mainly because it would lead to the destruction of schools and other communities property. Today Halloween is celebrated as a night of terror rather than a holiday. Police and other officials have to take extra precautions to ensure the community is safe. Children can’t trick or treat along, and even candy is inspected for poison. Despite this Americans spend $6 billion every year on Halloween.

One of the earliest Halloween superstitious involved young girls could foretell the names or appearance of their future. They would do tricks using yarn, apple parings or mirrors. Other superstitions included keeping ghosts out of their houses by placing bowls of food outside their homes. In order to prevent the ghosts from entering their homes. Be safe during these fall festivals and enjoy them with your family and friends.

 

 

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