Halloween : Halloween is the most auspicious and traditional festivity celebrated all over the word, especially in the Western culture. It is believed that the culture has its deep roots from Great Britain and Ireland that spiritually signifies the end of harvest season and beginning of winter.
Halloween is the most important festival for the Christians that last for three days or two days which varies according to tradition and custom. It is significantly ritual day that is believed that the dead people are allowed to visit their homes, so people used to decorate their houses frightening images like witches, phantoms, skeletons, webs, and gravestone.
Amid this celebration Greenwich Village Halloween Parade will be led in New York. This is the world’s most noteworthy Halloween festivity.
When is Halloween?
Halloween falls on Wednesday, October 31. The celebration begins at the sundown on October 31 where people dress up in Halloween costumes and make public gatherings.
What is Halloween?
The history of Halloween dates back to the origin of Christianity around 1745 A.D. During the period, Samhain was celebrated by people, an ancient Celtic harvest festival in Great Britain and Ireland. It marks the end of fall that’s harvest and the beginning of winter, the dark days the year. Celts believed that the boundary between the living world and the dead was at this thinnest during this time, which made easy for the deadly spirits to communicate the living world.
Samhain means “Summer’s end” that day to bid farewell to the light as the day time shortens in winter.
When Romans occupied the Celt lands, they adopted some tradition from the Celtic culture and traditions, of which Halloween is one of them. The Roman Catholic Church made November 1 as All Saints’ Day to commemorate all Catholic Saints and All Souls’ Day on November 2. All Saint’s Day was previously called as All Hallows Day and the evening before the All Hallows Day is celebrated as All Hallows’ Eve which marks the origin of American word Halloween!
Halloween is otherwise called as Hallowe’en means hallowed evening or holy evening. Halloween comes from the Scotosh term “All Hallows’ Eve” the evening before All Hallows Day.
Year Halloween Day
2018 Wednesday, October 31
2019 Thursday, October 31
How Halloween is celebrated?
Christians visit burial grounds and offer flowers and candles on the graves of their lost ones. As the festival is celebrated in late evening, people dress like ghosts and also the houses will be enlivened with frightening images like witches, phantoms, skeletons, webs, and gravestone. The celebration is praised in huge numbers of the English provinces all through the world.
People involve in many activities trick-or-treating attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead.
People will have some traditional foods on this vigil day including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes.
- Caramel apples
- Caramel corn
- Halloween cake
- Candy apples/toffee apples
- Candy apples, Candy corn, candy pumpkins
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Roasted sweet corn
- Soul cakes
- Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread
- Novelty candy shaped like skulls, pumpkins, bats, worms, etc.
- Cookies shaped in Halloween themes
- Ramekins filled with pumpkin pureé
by May Sarton
On random wires the rows of summer swallows
Wait for their liftoff.
They will soon be gone
Before All Saints and before All hallows
The changing time when we are most alone.
Disarmed, too vulnerable, full of dread,
And once again as naked as the trees
Before the dark, precarious days ahead
And troubled skies over tumultuous seas.
When we are so transparent to the dead
There is no wall. We hear their voices speak,
And as the small birds wheel off overhead
We bend toward the earth suddenly weak.
How to believe that all will not be lost?
Our flowers, too, not perish in the blight?
Love, leave me your South against the frost.
Say “hush” to my fears, and warm the night.
All Souls’ Night, 1917
by Hortense King Flexner
You heap the logs and try to fill
The little room with words and cheer,
But silent feet are on the hill,
Across the window veiled eyes peer.
The hosts of lovers, young in death,
Go seeking down the world to-night,
Remembering faces, warmth and breath—
And they shall seek till it is light.
Then let the white-flaked logs burn low,
Lest those who drift before the storm
See gladness on our hearth and know
There is no flame can make them warm.
Theme in Yellow
by Carl Sandburg
I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know I am fooling.
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