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Friday, 14 October 2016  |  angelicthoughts

Halloween: Origins, Superstitions And Traditions - Now & Then

Let's face it - there are a lot of people who don't know the origins of Halloween and refer to it as a costume day only. However, there is a big history in the day that connects the fall and winter, life and death and celebration with superstition.

The entire Halloween vibe dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a motive for people to wear costumes and light bonfires to scare away the roaming ghosts. Couple of centuries later (8th century), this celebration was made official - thanks to Pope Gregory III who designated November 1 as the official day that honors the saints and martyrs. What was then known as All Hallows' Eve turned to Halloween. Nowadays, Halloween evolved to a secular and community-based event that got a mainstream character. From trick-or-treating to wearing costumes, carving pumpkins and even partying in the name of Halloween, there are a lot of things to do this time of the year.

Speaking of 'trick-or-treating', it's a tradition that dates back to the English' All Souls' Day parade festivities where poor citizens begged for food and families gave them pastries called 'soul cakes' in return for their promises and prays for their dead relatives. The tradition has continued - from an ancient practice of leaving food and wine for the spirits to a kid-friendly activity that lets them celebrate Halloween in a unique way.

When it comes to dressing in costumes, this is a tradition that once again dates back to the European and Celtic roots. Just because winter has that scary and chilly character, people would fear of the short days and long cold nights, which were believed to be 'full of ghosts'. In order to avoid being recognized from the ghosts, people would wear masks and keep their homes dark so that they wouldn't take their spirits. That is how the costume-wearing was born for Halloween.

Halloween has always been and always will be a holiday that sums up the mystery, superstition and magic - creating a unique spirit in people, their relatives and friends. As scary as its character may be, it definitely holds a reason to bond, praise the dead spirits and protect ourselves from the evil.

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