Halloween, also known as Allhalloween and All Hallows’ Eve, is a celebration in many a country on October 31, also the eve of Western Christian feast. Many believe that the celebration is originated from Celtic harvest festivals; other people believe otherwise that it only started as a Christina vacation, rather than related with ancient festivals.
Some activities of are popular among various groups of people from teens, tots to older people. On every year’ October 31, people who celebrated the festival will participate in Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
The word was written in the title of a poem in 1785. Some believed that today’s Halloween costume were affected by folk customs and Celtic-speaking countries. According to research of a folklorist, temporary truce between customs and beliefs regarding Christianity and those connected to religious. A guy who explore the origins of Halloween noticed that these activities are connected to Celtic festival of Samhain. It was critical and important of the four quarter days in the medieval Gaelic calendar. Samhain was the first and most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Gaelic calendar and was celebrated on 31 October – 1 November in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. A kindred festival was held at the same time of year by the Brittonic Celts, called Calan Gaeaf in Wales, Kalan Gwav in Cornwall.
Specific fires were lighted and some rituals related. It seems like flames, smokes and ashes have protective functions or cleansing powers. Even in some other places, people lit torches and carried them sunwise around home and fields. It reveals that such actions are sympathetic magic, keeping the depression and darkness of winter. In some places like Scotland, divination games or bonfires are restrained by church elder’s in some regions.
Bonfires also could scatter away souls of dead person falling onto earth. It also could keep devils away. Starting from the 16th century, people mum and guise in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Wales. On the day, people usually go house-to-house in prepared guise to exchange foods. In some places out of Europe, mumming and hobby horse are also some characteristics of other festivals. Nevertheless, the Celtic-speaking regions are suitable to a night on which supernatural beings were imitated.
When it comes to the Halloween, my nephew is excited and he bought costumes and masks from online store one month ago. Because for him, it is a perfect opportunity to hang out with his temporaries and gets what he want. It’s interesting to carving the jack-o’-lantern for him. So he get a big pumpkin, and intend to carve it. With his father’s help, a beautiful lantern have been finished. He also would like to trick tomorrow, and could not help waiting the arrival of Halloween. He even planned his make-up and looks of tomorrow. In addition, he borrowed some tools from her mother for better and vivid look.