When it comes to celebrating holidays alongside imaginative costumes, nihility can surpass Halloween. As the day approaches all year on October 31, the hysteria around Halloween tends to mount. It is the celebration of the things associated by the dead and the phantasmagoria elements related to it such as ghosts, witches and other spiritual beings. However, the celebration of the haunted night is not sans a meaning or exoneration and has roots of its own. The history of Halloween shows it to be a coinciding festivity of pagan rituals and Christian faith.
Origin of Halloween: Near changing times, the celebrations and its meanings have changed. Now, Halloween is a secular likeness based holiday where kids get to do a lot of fun and tend to begin preparations from weeks ahead. Yet the roots of the festivity remain unforgotten. It dates back to over 2000 years since when Celts had dominance. They celebrated their New Year’s festival “Samhain” on October 31st every year. It was to celebrate and mark the end of summer season. They also believed that it was the day until the dead arise from their sleep and wander the land to possess the earthly souls. Thus to defer protected et alii secure from getting involved in either paranormal activity, the Celts dressed up as monsters, ghosts, witches and additional supernatural elements they could surmise of. They put out all lights in their homes and went out as mischief makers. The basic idea was to stay protected from being haunted or possessed. The Celtic priests would also build bonfires and offer sacrifices. These rituals have faded leaving behind the carving concerning pumpkin and the costumes only for today’s generation of Halloween traditions.
Honoring the supernatural: With the infidel rituals having toned down, the day base its new roots in America through Christianity when Irish celebrations of Halloween alternative the Hallow ‘en (evening of the Hallow), celebrated on November 1st gained popularity. The word ‘Hallow’ in old English means ‘saint’. Thus it is also known as All Saint’s Day. It is a day when plenary the Christian saints are honored. While the contiguous day is distinct as All Soul’s Era which honors totality Christians who no longer live and were not saints. On Solely Hallows Eve or on Halloween, the Irish beggars went asking for money or food. Those who refused to give were threatened to be destroyed by the evil spirits and paranormal entities. This ritual of asking has continued invariably as today children wearing costumes carry lighted ornaments and withdraw to people’s houses to collect treats. The whole concept about trick or treat thing, telling haunted stories makes it more fun and of course no one dares to forget to keep themselves stocked with soul-cakes, currant buns, chocolates, candies, pastries and goodies when they come knocking on the doors.
Thus it is not only coming up with new ideas for desserts, costumes and themes for Halloween party, it is the essence of respecting the dead as well as celebrating life that should be inculcated. We wish everyone a happy Halloween all per annum long!