Interesting source of Halloween

Do you know how Halloween came to be known as “Halloween” around the world?

Do you know how Halloween came to be known as “Halloween” around the world?

It is celebrated on October 31, mainly in the United States, but nowadays it is celebrated in many other countries, including Brazil.

Practices such as dressing children to go home or searching for sweets, or spreading props such as “creepy” ornaments and carved and lighted pumpkins, or attending costume parties are increasingly popular.

However, its origins have little to do with the modern meaning that this festival has acquired.

Where does the name Halloween come from?

Halloween has its roots not in American culture, but in the UK. Its name comes from “All Hallows Eve”.

“Hello” is an old word for “holy” and “Eve” is the same as “Eve”. The term is celebrated on November 1, the night before All Saints Day, for the 16th century.

But the etymology of its name is one thing, the origin of another modern Halloween.

How did this party get started?

Since the 18th century, historians have suggested an ancient pagan festival when talking about the origins of Halloween: the Celtic Festival of Samhain (meaning “summer’s end”).




The practice of children going home in costumes searching for sweets is becoming increasingly popular in many countries.

The practice of children going home in costumes searching for sweets is becoming increasingly popular in many countries.

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Samhain lasted three days and started on October 31st. According to academics, it is a tribute to the “king of the dead.” Recent studies have shown that Samhain had a bonfire in his features and celebrates the abundance of food after the harvest season.

The problem with this theory is that it relies less on evidence beyond the time of year when festivals took place. The celebration, language and meaning of the October festival has changed from region to region.

Welsh people celebrate, for example, “Callan Gaff”. The festival, which is predominantly Irish and Scottish, is held in Wales and Somehine, but there are many differences.

In the middle of the 8th century, Pope Gregory III changed the date of All Saints’ Day from May 13 – the date of the Roman feast of the dead – to November 1, Samhain.

It is uncertain whether Gregory 3rd or his successor, Gregory IV, made the observance of All Saints Day an attempt to “Christianize” Samhain.

But whatever his reasons, the new date of the day brought together the Christian celebration of the saints and the Samhain.

Thus, pagan and Christian traditions were mixed.

When did Halloween come?

Halloween, as we know it today, was formed between 1500 and 1800.

The bonfire became especially popular at this festival. They were used as a symbol of the path that Christian souls should follow in purification, or to burn tarps (the end of the harvest at Samhain) to repel witchcraft and the Black Death.

Another Halloween custom is to predict the future – the date of a person’s death or the name of their future husband or wife.

In your poem HalloweenWritten in 1786, Scotsman Robert Burns describes the ways in which a young man finds his greatest love.



Halloween, as we know it today, was formed between 1500 and 1800.

Halloween, as we know it today, was formed between 1500 and 1800.

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Many of these futuristic practices involved agriculture. For example, scooping cabbage or cabbage off the ground gives its shape and flavor a definite clue about the future spouse’s career and personality.

Others include “reading” mouthwatering and walnut shells for apples marked with different candidate initials, or looking in the mirror and asking the devil to reveal the face of a loved one.

Food is the highlight of Halloween, as well as many other festivals.

One of the most unique practices involving children is that they chant rhymes from house to house or recite prayers for the souls of the dead. In return, they received lucky cakes representing the soul of the person who was released from purgatory.

During the festivities, churches are often beating their hours, sometimes overnight. The practice was so unpleasant that King Henry III and Queen Elizabeth I tried to ban it, but failed. This practice continued even though it was regularly penalized for anyone doing so.

How did the festival come to America?

In 1845, during the so-called “Great Famine” in Ireland, 1 million people were forced to emigrate to the United States, taking their history and traditions with them.

It is no coincidence that the first references to Halloween appeared shortly afterwards in America. In 1870, for example, the American magazine published an article describing it as an “English” holiday.

First, Halloween traditions in the United States combine a common game in rural Britain with American harvest celebrations. Apples used to predict the future of the British became cider, served with donuts, or Donuts In English.

Corn is an important crop in American agriculture – and has entered the hallmarks of American Halloween.

So much so that in the early 20th century, the distinctive scallops of corn crops were widely used in Halloween decorations.

Even in the USA, the pumpkin became synonymous with Halloween. In the UK, the most “carved” or carved vegetable TourA kind of turnip.

The legend about Jack, a blacksmith, has led to the corpse-like pumpkin lamps that have succeeded in overcoming the devil and are the main symbol of American Halloween.

The modern “trick or treat” tradition is also American. There is evidence of this in medieval pranks using cabbage, but pranks were practiced at this time of year in the 1920s in the Americas.

Games can end violently, as they did during the Great Depression, and sweets can easily be bought when food rationing ends after World War II.

But the most popular Halloween tradition of wearing costumes and scaring people has nothing to do with candy.

This came after the radio broadcast in the United States of the book adaptation World’s WarWhen it aired on October 30, 1938, by English writer HG Wells, it caused quite a stir.

When finished, American actor and director Orson Wells tells his listeners that his character is a Halloween prank and likened his character to wearing a sheet to mimic the ghost and terrify people.

But by this time, as already in the book, many had already thought that Earth was invading Mars.



It was in the US that the pumpkin became synonymous with Halloween.

It was in the US that the pumpkin became synonymous with Halloween.

Photo: Getty Images / BBC News Brazil

What about modern Halloween?

Today, Halloween is the largest non-Christian holiday in the United States. In 2010, it sold more chocolate than Valentine’s Day and Easter. Over the years, it has been “exported” to other countries, including Brazil.

Here, since 2003, Sassy’s Day has been celebrated on the same date, the result of a bill that seeks to protect statistics from Brazilian folk against Halloween.

In its “modern age,” Halloween continued to create its own myth.

In 1964, a New York housewife named Helen Feel decided to distribute steel wool, dog biscuits and ant pesticide to children, who were too old to play “trick or treat.” Soon, urban legends of apples filled with razor blades and candies soaked in arsenic or illicit drugs spread.

Currently, the festival retains some of its origins, but has taken on a new guise, giving adults the chance to play with their fears and fantasies.

It allows you to distort social commonalities, such as avoiding contact with strangers or exploring the darkest face of human behavior. It unites religion, nature, death and romance. Perhaps this is due to its huge popularity.

* The text was originally published on October 29, 2017



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