Apart from the many different occasions, events and holidays that we celebrate across different countries, each of them has its own origin, history and even a trivia about when and where does it started. Just like Christmas, which we celebrate every year to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, Halloween also has its own reason why we celebrate it, and if you ever wonder what are the truth behind Halloween, let me give you the whole story about it.
History of Halloween
Let us first find out the true origin of Halloween. When we hear and think about Halloween, first thing that comes into our mind are trick or treat, costumes, spooky nights and anything that is scary, but do you know that Halloween was believed to be originated from Celtic harvest festival? You read it right, Halloween was inspired specifically from Gaelic festival called Samhain, people from Ireland, Scotland and Isle of Man celebrate this festival to mark the end of harvest season and the beginning of the winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year in which nights are longer than the day, this day was celebrated every year during November 1 which was also the day associated to remember human deaths.
On the latter part, this festival was Christianize and was name Halloween, through academic support, Halloween has been part of the Christian Holiday. The name Halloween which means ‘Hallowed evening’ or ‘Holy evening’ comes from a Scottish term ‘All Hallows Eve’ which has been dedicated to remembering the martyrs and dead including the saints which is also known as hallows.
But remembering the dead should not be always sad and vulnerable, in fact, since it was considered as a celebration people became so creative and adventurous when it comes on celebrating Halloween, we even greet each other a Happy Halloween. Halloween season includes different activities everyone will surely enjoy and get excited for.
Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?
Before it was named Halloween, as I’ve said earlier in its origin, the main reason on celebrating this event is to mark the end of harvest season, and although it may still exist, Halloween became an event to remember our loved one who passed away. But aside from this, many people find their way to have more reason to celebrate and enjoy Halloween season, and here are the most reasons why we celebrate Halloween.
Have Fun. To the many activities that we do to celebrate Halloween, our main purpose is to always have fun and enjoy. Halloween is an event not only kids will enjoy but also the kids at heart, this activities includes trick or treat where kids wearing their Halloween costumes go door to door to ask for treats until their Halloween baskets are full. Adult and even the elders enjoy this too by seeing those kids roam around and knocking at their door to ask for sweets, they also have fun putting up Halloween designs all around their house and even wear a costume themselves to completely enjoy the Halloween season.
Have Parties and Get Together. Since trick or treat is an activity mostly for kids, adults also has their own way of celebrating the Halloween. By having a get together, a Halloween costume parties or just a simple dinner, off course everything is with a twist of Halloween. Having a party during Halloween is also people’s way of staying connected with each other and temporarily escape from their busy life, whether you are celebrating it with your friends or relatives, everyone surely loves to attend a Halloween party and get together.
Show Creativeness. Days or even weeks before the Halloween season, most people are already thinking of what costumes to wear and what are the designs they will put up on their homes. For people who likes being unique and loves the idea of making every Halloween season special, Halloween for them is a season to show their creativeness. You may be thinking of a theme you can imitate or a character you can wear this coming Halloween season, while you are still thinking, let me make it easier for you by giving you an idea on what you can wear for this coming Halloween night, whether you are looking for a costume for Women , Men , Kids and even for your little ones , this will give you all the idea you can use to create your unique costume for the Halloween.
Abide Halloween Superstitions. Although not all people and mostly elders believe about Halloween superstitions, this are still one of the reason why we celebrate Halloween. It may be different for other countries and other religions but below are the most common Halloween superstitions people believes in.
- Black Cat – During Halloween, people avoid crossing path with a black cat as they are said to be a symbol of bad luck.
- Jack O’ Lanterns – Carving a pumpkin and putting a light inside it is not only for the purpose of Halloween designs, this lantern are also believed to be the guiding light of lost soul and spirits that are usually everywhere especially during Halloween night.
- Bat – Bat has always been known as a mythical creature use by evil, and this is what most movies also shown in their programs, during Halloween, seeing a Bats, specially a flying bats in your home is believed to be an ominous sign that bad things are ought to happen.
- Spiders – Along with the black cat and bats, spiders are also known to be an evil companions, it has been believed that when you see a spider during Halloween, one of your deceased loved ones is watching over you. This may explains why people makes spider web as a design for their home and for their business.