As the month of October comes to an end, everybody eagerly waits for one of the most enchanting and mysterious nights of the year.
Halloween, celebrated on 31st of October has a very intriguing history that stretches back through the centuries, a mixture of the ancient traditions with unique and creative costumes that leads to a very captivating celebration. So, in this blog we will know more about the origin of Halloween and unveil some customs associated with this beloved autumnal festival.
On October 31st, reality and illusion converge in a symphony of shadows.
Halloween’s Ancient Origins
Halloween holiday has its roots tied in the ancient Celtic festival of “Samhain” ( a word pronounced “sow-in”), which refers to the end of harvest season at the end of summer and the beginning of winter.
Samhain is celebrated around Nov 1st, there was the time when Celts believed that the boundary between the living and dead was blurred allowing all the spirits and ghosts to roam around. To ward off them, people would light bonfires and wear costumes made of animal skins.
This tradition of wearing such costumes can be seen as an early precursor to the modern practice of dressing up in Halloween costumes.
Halloween, which is celebrated on Oct 31st, began in America during the 19th century. Irish immigrants fleeing the great Famine brought this tradition to the United States, including the very famous and known custom of carving turnips and later, pumpkins.🎃🎃
Hidden Halloween Traditions
And these carved vegetables became the iconic “jack-o-lanterns” that enhance and decorate doorsteps during the Halloween season. Nowadays, Halloween has evolved and turned into a holiday including costume parties and spooky decorations.
It’s a time for everyone to dress up as their beloved characters, carving intricate pumpkin designs, and indulging in sweet treats. For children, it’s all about the excitement of trick-or-treating and gathering heaps of candy. For adults, it offers a chance to relive childhood memories, embrace creativity through costume choices, and enjoy spirited gatherings with friends and family.
When the wind howls and the pumpkins grin, it’s time for Halloween to begin.
The only time of year when you can truly embrace your inner weirdness.
Halloween’s Timeless Appeal
As we prepare to embark on another Halloween this year, let us divulge in the enchantment and embrace the sense of wonder that this unique celebration brings, as it allows us to connect with our past, familiarize ourselves with the present, and look forward to our future.
Halloween remains an evidence to the enduring power of tradition and the enduring appeal of things that go bump in the night.
Wishing everyone a “Spooktacular Halloween!”🎃🎃