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!!
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