Halloween is the major festival celebrated in the USA, Russia, and some parts of Europe. People have been celebrating this festival for 2000 years.
Halloween is also popular in India, many schools celebrate this festival and kids enjoy wearing spooky dresses. Halloween is celebrated on the last day of October, and we all know that but here's something we might not know.
The word "Halloween" itself means "hallowed evening," and the Europeans celebrated it as All Hallows' Eve. All Hallows' Eve and All Saints' Day both paid homage to saints. And through time, the name was shortened to "Halloween," which we know.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st as the ancient Gaelic Samhain festival is the root of Halloween. And the second thing is that this is when the summer season and harvest ends and a long Dark winter season starts.
A theory said that at this time, the boundaries of our world and the second world get thin, and we can make contact with other worlds easily. Another world means, The World of Dead People.
A similar story is also around a Jewish Holiday, Yom Kippur, which is also celebrated in October and involves praying to the dead.
That's why Halloween is Haunted.
According to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, ghosts of the dead returned to earth on this night. When these ghosts return to the earth, priests can easily predict what will happen in the winter season. To celebrate the event, people built bonfires. In this bonfire, people burned their crops and animals as a sacrifice to God for life without trouble and happiness in the winter season.
On this day, people wore many different costumes, like animal heads, skins and tried to tell each other's fortunes. Halloween presents a darker, creepier side of life, but we can eat loads of candy. It's a lot of fun, a little spooky and severe.
Halloween was religious and highly significant to the culture of the people who celebrated it. In the new era, Americans adopted and used Celtic tradition to dress up and transform on Halloween, known as trick-or-treating. In 1930, Halloween became thoroughly secularized, while All Saints day became more religious. Many people are against celebrating this festival other than religious festivals.
Halloween Traditions :
Carving is an integral part of the festival. People used to carve turnips in the UK in the early stages, but when Americans adopted this festival, they used Pumpkins for carving. Once they are cut, they use Pumpkin as a lantern.
Door-to-door roaming of kids and begging for candy is the most honored part of this festival.
This trick-or-treat phrase is used to scare homeowners into giving treats or small toys. In the UK, poor people beg on the road during this festival, and families give them pastries and other edible things called “soul cakes.” In return, families ask them to pray for their dead family members.
Decorating with skulls, skeletons, and ghosts
Fake human bones are an attractive part of Halloween, but people display them in silly ways. According to the ancients, the skull and bones are reminders of death. They remind us of our short life. No one is everlasting; everyone will die, no one will stay here for millions of years. And when we die and migrate to another world, we return on Halloween.
Avoiding black cats, scarecrows, witches
According to a myth, Evil spirits live on today in Black Cats, Witches, and other things seen as the Devil's shape. On the other hand, scarecrows are to scare birds and scare evil spirits at Halloween.
It was also believed that ghosts came back to earth on this Halloween day. So people stayed at home to avoid an encounter with ghosts. And if they have to go out, they wear masks and costumes so that ghosts consider them their fellow spirits.
On Halloween, people believed that the ghosts came back to earth, and ghosts may encounter them, so to escape from ghosts and evil spirits, they wore masks and applied heavy make-ups.
No one likes it if someone with a bloody knife is chasing you in the night. So why do people want to experience these scary moments at Halloween time? Well, these scary moments in horror movies help you differently.
Scary scenes in these horror movies release a flood of adrenaline, endorphins, and dopamine which are powerful chemicals for the brain that increase excitement, alertness, and pleasure.
If these scary events happened in real life, these neurotransmitters help to activate the body to fight or escape.
Halloween is when you can have these activities and feel that fear but in a safe environment.
On the concept of Halloween, many film producers make some great movies. Some movies are great and scary too.
Some of the good movies are based on Halloween are
Happy Death Day
Today Halloween is not limited to USA or Europe boundaries, and many Asian countries are also celebrating this festival.