Halloween is a time of superstition and celebration, which is originated from the Samhain’s ancient Celtic festival. On this day, people wear ghostly costumes and makeup as well as light bonfires for warding off the roaming ghosts. It is celebrated every year on the evening of October 31st, a day before the All Saint’s Day, Christian feast. Over the time, the celebration of Halloween evolved into a community-based and a secular event associated with numerous child-friendly activities.
The history of the celebration of Halloween goes back to the 500 B.C. ancient religion when the Celts believed in the spirit world and worshipped nature. They used to worship 300 Gods, which included their main Sun God around which they celebrated two festivals. One, Beltane, which specifically marks the beginning of summer as well Saman or Samhain, which marks the beginning of winter. It is believed that Samhain, at the end of the summer, becomes powerful as well as overpowers the God.
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Halloween is one of the ancient holidays and festival which is celebrated all over the world. After Christmas, it is the most popular day. Numerous people are celebrating this day without having prior knowledge about its history and myths associated with it, but that’s what makes it more fascinating. Some people celebrate Halloween by putting on costumes and have theme parties, but many people view the celebration as a time of goblins, superstitions, evil spirits and ghosts, which needs to be avoided at any cost.
Halloween dates back to 2000 years ago, a pagan holiday which falls on the last day of the Celtic calendar for honouring the dead. All Saints Day is celebrated for people who are converted to pagans to Christianity and on this day, the Catholic church honours all the saints. There are numerous reasons of the old customs and origins associated with Halloween, and even difficult cultures view it differently, but the practices for traditional Halloween remains the same.
Halloween is celebrated because it is believed that the souls of the dead roam at night around the villages and streets. Since, all the ghostly spirits are considered to be the friendly ones, so, for pacifying the evil spirits as well as ensuring the coming year to be plentiful, this festival turned into treating and tricks. For commemorating this day, people gather and build sacred bonfires for burning crops as well as animals, as a symbol of sacrifice to the deities of Celtic.