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What is the origin of Halloween?

There are many countries in the world who celebrate Halloween , but most Arab countries do not celebrate this holiday. It is a tradition that traces its origins back to a festival that is widely and widely celebrated in America and parts of Europe to ancient Celtic traditions, over the decades the festival has gained prominence Not only as an important holiday in the West but also has made a special place for itself in popular culture all over the world, Halloween traditions of Halloween costume dress up Visiting friends watching horror movies and Halloween-themed games are common in many cities.

What is the origin of Halloween?

Halloween is believed to be descended from the festival of Samhain , a Gili celebration that marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter season. It is associated with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also tends to occur in October and people pray for the dead .

During the festivities, wonderful bonfires are lit and the crowds around them will be playing drums loudly in order to guide visitors from the underworld. The Celts wore costumes to ward off any evil spirits, and with the influence of the Roman Empire taking over Great Britain and much of Europe, the festival of Samhain gradually mingled with the Roman festivities at Feralia.

Halloween date

Every year Halloween is celebrated on October 31st. This year the festival falls on a Sunday. Halloween is closely related to All Saints Day. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day. Halloween’s Eve was known as “All Hallows Eve” , which later became called Halloween.

In addition to its close relationship to All Saints Day, it is also believed that HallowenIts origins trace back to a 2,000-year-old Celtic festival. Celtic communities celebrated the New Year on November 1, with Halloween celebrated on October 31 on New Year’s Eve. In Ireland, it was called the Halloween name of Samhain , which translates literally to the end of the summer.

Not only in Ireland but also in other parts of Europe, especially in northern latitudes, Halloween celebrated the end of summer. The practice of making bonfires to ward off evil spirits during Halloween in Celtic traditions was associated with the onset of a wet and dark winter, which usually brings with it a host of diseases. .

The origins of the trick-or-treating tradition

Over the years, Halloween has become one of the most important festivals in the USA and many European countries. Over the centuries, ancient rituals have been replaced by contemporary versions, such as the “trick or treat” custom practiced by children .

According to a History.com report , “trick or treat” has its origins in ancient Irish and Scottish practices. People from countries dressed in costumes and went to sing songs for the dead, door to door, receiving cakes in return. Today, it is carried out exclusively by children, who are “paid” with sweets. The report adds that a quarter of the candy sold annually in the United States is bought on the occasion of Halloween .

When does Halloween start?

Much of what we know about Halloween in modern times is a product of the Americanization that the day has experienced over the years. It started with the arrival of immigrants from Europe to America and with the merging of different European ethnic groups and American Indians, a new version of Halloween began to emerge .

By the mid-19th century, annual fall festivities, such as ghost stories and harvest celebrations, were common, but Halloween was not celebrated across the country .

In the second half of the nineteenth century, a new wave of immigrants arrived in America, especially the millions from Ireland fleeing the Irish Potato Famine. It was these Irish immigrants who helped make Halloween a national celebration .

What are the traditions of Halloween?

Many of our Halloween activities stem from ancient traditions. For example, while pumpkin carving began in America, it actually had Celtic roots .

During Samhain , turnips were used to make lanterns, and when the Irish arrived in America, they had to make do with pumpkins instead as there was no turnip. Switching pumpkins for turnips has since returned to the UK, and additionally, “trick-or-treat” is an American term referring to a tradition we already have in the UK .

In the Middle Ages, “puffing” was the British practice of going door to door and offering prayers to the dead in exchange for food, and similarly since the 19th century, Scottish children have been “guessing”, seeing them dressed as evil spirits to ward off them, and putting Halloween makeupThe tradition of swaying on apples can be traced back to the Roman holiday of Pomona, whose symbol was an apple.