The Fascinating Origins And History Of Halloween (VIDEO)

Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays and the most popular feast of the year as millions of kids of all ages like to dress up and go “trick or treating“. This holiday is eagerly awaited, especially when October begins and we see the days starting to become shorter and shorter.

Costumes are carefully thought through and everybody dreams of having the most original one. We love to decorate our houses with pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns. Haunted houses are also crowd-pleasing attractions where vampires, monsters, and ghosts frighten the bravest ones.

Brought to North America by Scottish and Irish immigrants, Halloween has gained in popularity and has spread to other countries like Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, and England, to name a few. The traditions and dates vary depending on the geographical areas.

Dating back to more than two thousand years ago, with the Pagan Celts in the region we now call Ireland, United Kingdom, and Northern France, Halloween was at first named “All Hallows’ Eve”. In the 16th century, the name was changed to “All Hallow E’en,” and finally to “Hallowe’en” or Halloween.

Halloween was in fact, the evening of  “All Hallows Day”, which fell on November 1st. It was later renamed by the Catholic church “All Saints’ day” or “Hallowmas”, which means “Mass of the Saints”.

Below, you can learn more in depth about the amazing history and origins of Halloween in a video made by National Geographic Channel.

So be safe on Halloween night and, most of all, have fun. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!!

Photo credit: ohhector/Flickr

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  1. Hi Nataly,

    Happy Halloween to you and yours, though it’s a little belated 🙂

    However, I guess it’s the feelings that matter, and though we don’t celebrate it our end, I’ve always been fascinated by Halloween and the candies, dresses, and parties that go on, as we have a few relatives who are living on the other side.

    Your post is interesting as it gives a deep insight into the origin and history of Halloween, so it’s wonderful to know all about it.

    Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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    1. Hi Harleena,

      I’m really glad you liked my post! I always enjoy researching holidays’ origins and history. And I think it’s fun that you like learning about other countries’ traditions and holidays.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and for your comment. I hope you had a great Monday! 🙂

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