What do we know about Halloween? That it’s the time to give candies to the kids who go on trick or treating or that it’s the day before All Saints Day (November 1). These are the ideas that first come to mind when we think of Halloween. But, do you really know the origins of this scary season? Let’s take a trip down scary memory lane.
Where did the word Halloween come from?
The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.
Who are the first people who celebrated Halloween?
The first Halloween happened during the the Ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. In this festival, they believed that during October 31, the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead overlaps, and the dead will rise to bring chaos to the world of the living
Why do we have to wear costumes?
It was believed that wearing costumes during October 31 would calm or confuse the evil spirits, so that these spirits will not bother the living.
Why do kids go on trick or treating?
The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives, hence, the sweets that people give during Halloween. Most especially, kids go on trick or treating because they love candies and any other type of sweets.