Halloween 2021: Importance and origin of this dread festival

From pumpkins to pranks and communicating with the dead, Halloween is a patchwork celebration sewn together with religious and occult traditions that span centuries. The history of this festival dates back to the time of the Celts, a group of tribes originating from Central Europe. Their culture spread across the continent over 2,000 years ago. They celebrated the end of the harvest season with a festival called Healing on October 31st.

It also marked the Celtic New Year and was considered a period between the years, a magical time when the ghosts of the dead roamed the earth. In Soin, the villagers gathered and lit bonfires to bring the dead back to the spirit world and keep them away from the living, but as the influence of the Catholic Church grew in Europe, it disapproved of the rituals. pagans like Care. Later in the 7th century, the Vatican began to merge it with a holiday sanctioned by the church.

Thus, November 1 has been designated “All Saints Day” to honor the martyrs and the deceased (mainly for family members or friends). All Saints Day was then called Hallowmas. Sanctuary means holy or holy; hence it roughly translates as ‘mass of the saints’. The day before October 31, it was All Hallows Eve, which gradually turned into Halloween. The Celts believed that on the night of the 31st, the border between the world of the living and the world of spirits thinned.

The holiday came to America with the wave of Irish immigrants during the potato famine of the 1840s. They took with them many of their holiday customs, including looking for apples and playing tricks on the potatoes. neighbors, like removing dates from the fronts of houses.

But where did the concept of scary dresses come from? Well, to avoid being recognized by evil spirits on All Saints’ Eve, Celtics wore spooky masks when they left their homes at night, so that the ghost would not confuse them with other spirits. Trick and Treating, however, was born in the second half of the 1930s. Americans drew inspiration from Irish and English traditions and went door to door, asking for food or money, while in disguise.

The term “trick or treat” is thought to have come from the idea that families could prevent tricks from being played on them by treating children with candy. Another famous part of Halloween is the “jack-o-lanterns”, which modern-day people use on pumpkins. But, did you know that pumpkins came long after the original pumpkins, which the Celtics carved out of turnips or potatoes. They did this to light the way to their house, to bring in a good mood.

Later, when Irish immigrants entered America, they discovered pumpkins were the new face of Halloween. So while the festival was originally a solemn occasion limited to Ireland, UK and northern France, several people started celebrating the festival in various parts of the world, including India. (ANI)

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