Halloween is the one of the world’s oldest holidays still celebrated today. It’s one of the most popular holidays, second only to Christmas. While millions of people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Halloween make the holiday more faszinating.
The autumn rite is commemorated today in the United Kingdom, altough with a surprising and distinctive British twist. In Mexico, Latin America, and Spain, All Souls’ Day, the third day of the three day Hallowmas observance, is the most important part of the celebration for many people. In Ireland and Canada, Halloween, which was once a frightening and superstitious time of year, is celebrated much as it is in the United States, with trick-or-treating, costume parties and fun for all ages.
The word itself, “Halloween”, actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, “ All Hallows Day” (or “All Saints Day”), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on Oct. 31. The holiday was called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), which means “end of summer”, the Celtic New Year.
Favorite Things about Halloween
Trick or Treating
It wouldn’t be Halloween without trick-or-treating. It’s a favorite tradition amongst children that allows them to show off their costumes and collect candy.
Halloween brings out the best in television if you want to be scared. Whether it’s special programming or a movie marathon, there’s plenty to watch in October that’s suitable for children and adults.
There is a fascination with Haunted houses, some groups manage to get the extra funding every year to set one up. Great alternatives include haunted mazes, haunted barns, and haunted garages. Feeling jumpy yet?
Natural decoration such as Pumkins have beautiful colours and help us appreciate earth and celebrate autumn BUT it’s Halloween, so come up with Spiders, spooks, and ghouls, oh my!
FUN FACTS about Halloween:
1 The colors orange and black are most often associated with Halloween. A symbol of strength and endurance, orange also denotes the autumn harvest, along with gold and brown. Black is a symbol of darkness and death, and serves to remind us that in many countries, Halloween is a festival that marks the boundaries between life and death.
2 Halloween has many names, including All Hallows’ Eve, Lamswool, Witches Night, Snap-Apple Night, Summers End and Samhaim.
3 An intense, persistent fear of Halloween is known in the scientific community as Samhnainophobia.
4 Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota claim to be the Halloween capitals of the world.
5 The largest Halloween parade in the U.S., the Village Halloween parade draws over 2 million spectators annually and features some 50,000 participants.
Halloween in Berlin 2015
Undead, demons, werewolves, and zombies transform Berlin into a place of horror.
Immerse yourself in the world of horror and experience the craziest night of the year!
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