The much-awaited Halloween is only a day away, but all the madness around it seems to have already begun. It is that time of the when people down the West dress up as spooky ghosts and roam around the streets, with no fear whatsoever. And let’s not forget the trick-or-treat tradition, wherein people get treats (chocolates, food) and money from every house around. Just like every year, the Halloween 2019, too, is going to be celebrated on October 31. (Also read - Top 5 Horror Movies Of 2019: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Tigers Are Not Afraid And Other Scary Films To Binge On Ahead Of Halloween)
While Halloween is mainly celebrated across the US, this day was first traced through European traditions. Halloween originated through an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, wherein people back then would light bonfires and wear costumes to blow off ghosts. It was during the 8th century when Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as a day to honour all saints. The evening before this day i.e., October 31, was known as All Hallows Eve, which was later named as Halloween.
The very first Halloween celebrations, which happened during the American colonisation, featured huge public gatherings to celebrate the upcoming harvest, reading out ghost stories and a lot of fun, music and dance. And over time, various activities like trick-or-treating, cosplay and carving jack-o-lanterns with pumpkin got involved, hence making Halloween among one of the most exciting and awaited occasions.
Taking inspiration from Irish and English culture, Americans started dressing up and go from house to house, asking for food or money, which sums up the ‘trick-or-treat’ tradition of Halloween. Parents help their kids to dress up in scary costumes and celebrate with candies and chocolates. During the old days, children used to go from door to door asking for soul cakes. This practice came into existence because the festival was adopted by the church called ‘souling’. Kids asked for soul cakes in return of praying for the souls of friends and relatives. (Also read - Miley Cyrus And Cody Simpson Get Intimate In Bed But It’s Their Creepy ‘Joker’ Halloween Filter That Screams For Attention – Watch Video)
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