All you need to know about Halloween’s day
All saints day was also known as ‘Hallowmas’, the eve of Hallowmas was called ‘All Hallowmas Eve’. Hallowmas Eve became Halloween.
We all have heard of Halloween’s day and seen people dressing up as ghosts. Do you know that the day, falling on October 31st, traces back its origin to an ancient Celtic festival?
Celts, tribal groups in ancient Europe, celebrated October 31st as their end of the harvest season, which they also considered as the beginning of the new year.
They believed that on this day, ghosts from the spirit world would enter the earth. So they lit bonfires to keep the spirits away.
Meanwhile, November 1st is celebrated as All Saints day, which is about honouring the dead.
As both the holidays were related to the dead souls, they were merged. All saints day was also known as ‘Hallowmas’, the eve of Hallowmas was called ‘All Hallowmas Eve’. Hallowmas Eve became Halloween.
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Irish immigrants who moved to America in the early 17th century also carried their festive traditions, which included playing tricks on people and neighbourhood. They covered their faces with masks to maintain anonymity while playing tricks. And this is how the culture of dressing up with masks came in.
In American countries, neighbourhood kids are offered chocolates and treat to avoid the tricks they might play, in a game called ‘Trick or Treat’. Activities such as carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, and donning costumes are also now a major part of the festival.
The festival has evolved into a major commercial event, with people splurging money on Halloween parties and costumes. As per Forbe’s estimates, the total spending in 2019 Halloween in the US is to reach $8.8 billion, nearly double the figure a decade ago.
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