The Americanised (Americanized?) Halloween that we experience today actually originated in the Celtic fringes of Britain and was adapted over the decades to Christian traditions, immigrants’ conventions and an insatiable desire for sweets. SO lets read about Halloween, why do we celebrate Halloween, how did start Halloween, Halloween date.
What is Halloween?
Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a spooky celebration observed every year in a number of countries on October 31 – the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day, also known as All Saints’ Day. In 2017, Halloween falls on a Tuesday.
why do we celebrate Halloween?
It’s a common misconception that Halloween originated in America, but the tradition was actually started up a bit closer to home.
Experts believe that the spooky festival started in Ireland, where the Celtics celebrated Samhain.
This Gaelic festival was held after harvest and honoured the souls of the dead to prevent bad luck.
It was one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals, commonly observed across Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Other theories suggest that pagans have been celebrating Halloween for thousands of years, where people dressed up in costumes and built bonfires to scare evil spirits away.
Remarkably, evidence of these early Halloween events can be traced back to over 6,000 years ago.
How did start Halloween?
Halloween was earlier known as All Hallows’ Evening. Here, Hallows connotes Saints. It is said that this word came from the belief that all saints have halos. Also known as All Hallows’ Eve, the term All-Hallows-Even was noticed first around the 16th century. While some scholars and legends indicate that this might have been inspired from the Celtic festival of Samhain, majority of them are of an opinion that both these festivals (Halloween and Samhain) originated independently from each other, and differently. (A short description to Samhain is provided at the end of the article). Some scholars like Historian Nicholas Rogers even say that Halloween is not inspired from one, but many other cultural festivals. This is what he has to say:-
When is Halloween 2017?
On October 31st, revelers will be able to enjoy all the spine-tingling festivities that Halloween brings the world every year.