Celebrating Halloween is as old as any historic event or celebration could be. It dates back to 2000 years ago, when the Celts, who now live in the Ireland, UK and France, use to celebrate this event on 1st November. On this day, they celebrated the Celtic festival of Samhain. This day was known as the last day of summers and the beginning of dark and cold winter nights. They believed that this night the border between the living world and the dead becomes unseen or unclear.
Another thing associated with the Halloween is the carved pumpkin, its origin is uncertain but it was named as jack-o’-lantern. The pumpkin is carved in a ghostly manner and then a light is placed inside it that is traditionally a flame or an electronic candle. They are placed on the doorways or sometimes just as a decoration at home.
On 31st October’s night they celebrate the Samhain, with a belief that the dead ghosts return to earth this night, however, they also thought that causing the damage to the crops by these ghostly creatures made it easier for the Celtic priests to predict the future. For some people, the unknown future world predictions hold lots of satisfaction and comfort to spend the life with ease.
Later back in the 8th Century, Pope Gregory III labeled 1st November as a time to give tribute to all saints and martyrs, the day was declared as holiday and was known as All Saints Day that incorporated some of the customs of Samhain. The evening before this day was known as “All Hallows Eve” and later it was pronounced as Halloween. Later on, the Halloween changed into a separate communal cased event celebration that had friendly activities that can involve everyone. It is now celebrated all over the world in major countries and people attend and celebrate the winter season along with these gatherings, wearing costumes and giving each other sweet treats.
Celebrating Halloween is also considered as celebrating a superstitious festival, it is celebrated between the fall and summers and that is primarily called as the Halloween time. The Halloween is initially originated from the historic and ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. At that time, people use to light the bonfires and people gather to burn their crops and animals in form of sacrifice to the Celtic Gods and they use to wear weird costumes, usually they looked like animals head and skins and were used to scare the wandering ghosts. When the burning celebrations are finished, they lit the fire again after the evening to secure them from coming winters.
Celebrating Halloween was limited to the borders of New England. It gained much more importance and became common in Maryland and some Southern colonies. The celebrations started with the play parties and public events in celebration of the harvest. The neighbors gather and told stories of ghosts and life after death; they use to tell each other’s fortune along with singing and dancing.
The culture of dressing up in Halloween is derived from European and Celtic origins. Years ago, winters were recognized as a frightening time when food supplies went low and the darkness scared many people, the short days were full of worry for people in winters. They believed that if they step out of their homes they would have to face the ghosts that came back from the other earthly world. To avoid being seen by the ghosts, the people wear masks and then leave their homes so the ghosts would think these are their fellow companions. On Halloween day, people use to keep food in bowls and place them outside their doors to pacify the ghosts and to prevent them entering their home.
Halloween is always a holiday filled with magical superstitions. In the end days of summers, people felt the closeness to their poor and departed friends or families souls from the world. As a friendly gesture, they set dinner tables, left food on the doors or on the sideways of the roads for the needy ones. Moreover, they use to light candles on the roads to help people see the way and get back to the spirit world. Today, the Halloween ghosts are considered wicked and spiteful that makes it scarier to roam about the streets. People avoid crossing the roads or path when a black cat passes by, this old superstitious thought also derives from the times of Middle age Halloween when it was believed that the witches turn themselves into black cats. Around Halloween, people also avoid breaking the mirrors or stepping on the cracks as It is considered as a bad luck.