Spanning the boundary between life and death, fall, and winter, Halloween is a holiday of superstition and celebration. People around the world, especially in the United States, look forward to this special day of the year. They would don their costumes and go trick or treating around the neighborhood. The Haunting Experience mentioned that some are even willing to spend on related merchandise and visit Halloween attractions to enjoy the night.
Have you ever thought how this came to be in the first place, though?
The Beginnings of All Hallows’ Eve
Historians believe that Halloween started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when folks would wear costumes and light bonfires to defend themselves from ghosts. Around 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived in northern France, United Kingdom, and the now known Ireland. They celebrated it every November 1st, which marks the end of summer harvest and the start of the cold, dark winter.
This was the time of the year when human death is usually connected. The Celts thought that the border between the realm of the living and the dead opened up. These otherworldly spirits would always return to earth on that day and would cause havoc by damaging their crops. They also believed that the presence of these ghosts would make it easier for the Celtic priests called Druids to make predictions about the future.
By the 18th century, Pope Gregory III chose the 1st of November as a day to commemorate all martyrs and saints. Moreover, the holiday referred to as All Saints’ Day integrated a few of the Samhain traditions. The people back then called the night before as All Hallows’ Eve before naming it Halloween.
The Evolution of Halloween
As time passed, Halloween turned into a community-based, secular holiday that involves child-friendly activities like trick or treating. In several countries around the globe, people continued to welcome the winter season with sweet treats, gatherings, and costumes.
Both kids and adults look forward to this cherished holiday each year. This fascination started centuries ago and it never ended since.