Happy Halloween - A Halloween Introduction
What’s the Origin of Halloween
Halloween, also known as allhalloween(all hallows' evening) or all saint's Eve, is a special night observed in many countries on the last day of October. Some people think that many Halloween traditions were influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, while some believe that it's a Christian holiday (vigil of All Hallow's Day). It was celebrated in Scotland and Ireland long long ago and then the immigrants took the halloween customs to North America in the 19th century. And then, Americans spread this festival to many countries by the late 20th century. Now it has become a welcome holiday in many countries around the world.
There’re so many interesting Halloween custom and now they have become a symbol of Halloween, like Pumpkin lantern, Trick or Treat and Costume party, etc.
Pumpkin - Jack-O-Lantern
One main symbol of Halloween Night is a pumpkin lantern (also called Jack lamp, Jack-o-lanterns), The story of pumpkin carved as a lantern, which is derived from the ancient Ireland. It is about a person named Jack who is a drunk and loves to play tricks. One day he plays tricks on a demon and strikes a bargain that Satan can never claim his soul. Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies because a life of sin, and drink. To keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him. It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed out turnip to stop it from going out, since then Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest.
In Ireland and Scotland, the turnip has traditionally been carved during Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both softer and larger, making it easier to carve than a turnip.The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century. That’s why now we could see many pumpkin lantern in Halloween.
Trick or Treat
Trick-or-Treat is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" implies a "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
This custom is not originated from Ireland, but in the European Christian Church in the 9th century AD. On November 2nd, it was called "All Souls Day" by Christians. On this day, believers trek in the remote villages and begged for the "soul cake" made of flour and raisins. It is said that people who donate pastry believes that the church monks' prayers are believed, and they look forward to getting the protection of God, so that their dead relatives could enter the heaven as soon as possible.
Halloween costumes were traditionally modeled after figures such as vampires, ghosts, skeletons, scary looking witches, and devils. With time past, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.
Black cats, which have been long associated with witches, are also a common symbol of Halloween. Black, orange, and sometimes purple are Halloween's traditional colors.
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