What is Halloween


What is Halloween? Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It is a combination of pagan and Christian traditions, and is celebrated in many countries around the world.

pagan bon fire image
pagan bon fire image

Where did it start?

Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter. Halloween is thought to have originated around 2,000 years ago. The Celts believed that on the night of Samhain, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin, and spirits could cross over. To protect themselves from evil spirits, the Celts would light bonfires, wear costumes, and leave offerings of food and drink for the dead.

scary church with person
scary church with person

Christian holiday changes.

In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints Day, a day to honor all saints. The evening before All Saints Day became known as All Hallows Eve, and eventually Halloween. Over time, Halloween incorporated many of the traditions of Samhain, such as bonfires, costumes, and divination.

Little children trick or treating

Halloween Today

Today, Halloween is a popular holiday for people of all ages. It is a time to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, carve pumpkins, and attend Halloween parties. Halloween is also a time to remember the dead and celebrate the changing of the seasons.

Some of the most popular Halloween traditions are trick or treating where, children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy and treats. Pumpkins are carved into jack-o’-lanterns and placed on doorsteps or in windows to ward off evil spirits. People also dress up in costumes and attend Halloween parties, where they dance, play games, and eat candy. Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the changing of the seasons and hopefully ward off evil spirits.

Little children trick or treating on Halloween

Halloween is a fun and festive holiday that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons, remember the dead, and let loose with a little creativity.

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