History of Halloween Linked To the Spirit, Match-Making and Ancient Celtic Tradition

Halloween is annually celebrated with weird costumes, sweet treats, jack-o-lanterns, parties and trick or treating on 31st October. It is basically originated with the ‘Samhain’, which is a Celtic festival of Goidelic group, occurring at the year’s ‘darker half’, i.e. the end of the season of harvest and beginning of winter.

In the ancient era, during the Halloween festival, people used to light the bonfires and wear strange costumes in order to warn off the spirits. On 1st November, which is known as ‘All Saints Day’, was made mixed by Pope Gregory III with eighth century. That also bound some Samhain’s elements with it. So, this is how, the Samhain, i.e. Celtic festival got to be called as ‘All Hallow Eve’ and then eventually as ‘Halloween’.

After releasing of the Halloween festival, it concurrently began to mislay the religious connections. According to the achieved history, the Rigid Protestant faiths limited the Halloween celebration at the colonial areas in New England, while in southern colonies, festival became much more common.

Also the Customs belonged to the American Indians as well as Europe mingled the American version for Halloween. Earlier, the harvest season was celebrated at the public events, known as ‘play parties’, win which people used to tell stories and myths of the dead, sing and dance. Thus, a mischief acquired the popularity.

The Halloween has been celebrating as the national festival, as the new comers, including millions of escaping flooded America and Irish potato famine in the second half of 19th century. In the 18th century, the Ireland would hide a ring behind the mashed potatoes with a hope to bring feeling of love for the person who obtained it.

 

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