Halloween is such a festival that it is celebrated almost all over the world. Typing the word “Halloween” on Google and hitting the “search” button will enable you to directly know the exact time and explanation of this day. But have you thought about why we are celebrating this event? Why people wear scary costumes and make-up? Which country started this culture? We will try to explain the global values of this “scary” day and quote some related strange habits.
Halloween is revered on 31st of October and its origins are strictly linked with Ireland. This event is very famous mainly in English-speaking countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, etc. however, recently the number of actively celebrating countries is increasing.
- Celtics gave its fundamental spirit to Halloween!
The name is the shorter version of “All-Hallows-Eve” that means the night before “All Saint Day”, referred to the Western Christianity. The habit of wearing masks that unconditionally belong to this tradition is probably rest of the Pagan or Celtic tradition. For Celts, the last October’s day, called Samhain, meant the end of summer and beginning of winter and according to the myths, during this time the borders between the world of living and the dead become the thinnest. They also believed that this day their dead relatives come to them, so they put the candles on the windows to show them the way home.
Celts even wore the masks and coloured their faces in order to pretend to be ghosts and not be recognizable from the bad ghosts that could come in this world. Due to the legend, during Halloween time stops and allows the people to contact those who are dead, but still loved.
The colors of Halloween are orange and black: orange symbolises the harvest; that is a main feature of autumn and black means death and darkness.
The pumpkins, deeply connected with this tradition are historically related to Ireland, where people used to stick the candles inside this fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit) to protect themselves against evil ghosts and maleficent powers.
Black cat symbolises bad luck and due to the legend, it was used to protect the evil powers of all witches. In the past years, the catteries during this day were refusing to give the black cats to the people, because of the fear of their sacrifice.
To see a spider during Halloween symbolises that there is a person near you who keeps an eye on you. That is very positive!
- The creatures that belongs to Halloween’s world.
Do you know how to recognize a werewolf? It is a man who has hairy limbs, an extraordinarily long middle finger, transforms to a wolf and goes on a killing spree. Hopefully, these characteristics are scientifically proven!
If you like contemporary American series and movies then for sure you know what is a vampire. However, you probably do not know that there are several organizations of vampires in the world and the members of these groups are seriously believed to be the monsters that kill people and drink their blood. But for those who would like to be confide in the legends about vampires, in 2009 in the Italian city of Venice, there was found a buried woman who was believed to be a vampire living in 16th century. It was believed that she was eating the victims of a plague that prevailed in the city during the same time.
Now, we have explained the history and pointed out the interesting facts about Halloween and its mystic figures. For this year, you’ll have clear imagination about this largely commercialised celebration. Will you join it?