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halloween

halloween

I. The origin of Halloween
The appearance of Halloween dates back to 2,000 years ago, specifically on the European islands currently called Ireland, Britain and France, and was started by people called the Celts, who annually held a religious festival called Samhain, to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of a new year. It is worth noting that Halloween Day included beliefs specific to the Celtic people, who believed that the spirits of the dead would return on this day to visit Earth, because the boundaries between the worlds of the dead and the living are fading on this day.
The Celts also believed that these spirits brought evil to their lands and crops, so they set a day when a large and huge celebration would be held, which would include setting fires, offering offerings of crops and animals to the Celtic gods, and wearing strangely shaped costumes resembling animals, thus securing the evils of the spirits of the dead.
Many Westerners believe that the idea of Halloween has purely Christian roots. It is an annual celebration held specifically on the last day of October, to coincide with the date of its celebration with another historic Christian holiday called Halloween.
Other researchers and historians suggest that the idea of Halloween has pagan roots: ancient Celtic culture (tribes that settled in Central Europe and share language, culture and religion), the harvest festival or the Gaelic festival Samhain, which is similar to the way Halloween is celebrated to celebrate Halloween, but more likely Halloween has unknown historical and cultural origins.
II. History of Halloween Celebration
Halloween is celebrated on October 31 every year in most Western countries, so it's a public holiday across the country, so people devote themselves to many frightening and fun rituals, as it was and still is a holiday of religious and cultural origins for them.
The history of Halloween celebration for Christianity dates back to the 8th century when Pope Gregory III moved Halloween Day from May 13 to November 1, bringing together the night of October 31 as Halloween and Halloween at the same time.

History of Halloween Celebration

History of Halloween Celebration

III. Reasons for celebrating Halloween

There are many reasons why people in the past have and still push them to celebrate Halloween, the most important of which are the following: in honor of the harvest season that has ended, and in preparation for the reception of winter, which they saw as the dark half of the year. To ward off the evil of the spirits of the dead that they believe visit them on this day. Protect themselves from monsters that they think will appear that night and hurt them, and that is by wearing scary costumes. Ideas conveyed by Irish immigrants to the United States regarding the celebration of this holiday later became popular and known to the West as a whole.

IV. Traditions of celebrating Halloween

The most prominent manifestations of Halloween are that it is considered an official holiday in Christian countries, especially the United States of America, Britain, Ireland and Canada, and on this day the departments and institutions disrupt their work.One of the most important traditions of celebration:

1. Wear Halloween Fashion

Halloween fashion has always been terrifying, as people wear skins and heads of the most dangerous animal species, in addition to costumes that symbolize the spirits of the dead, and over time, people began to wear costumes that they believed embodied spirits or demons, such as black or black clothing, and masks that bear the shape of a skeleton head. During the 18th century, clothes became less terrifying than they used to be.

People began to manufacture their own costumes at home, which usually consisted of sheets and some distinctive masks, with a lot of makeup used for the purpose of concealment, so that no one would recognize the identity of the owner of the costume.During the 20th century, the quality of costumes changed a lot, becoming the embodiment of some famous personalities such as: pirates, gypsies, or clowns, thus transforming the terrifying Halloween costumes into more elegant costumes.

Wear Halloween Fashion

Wear Halloween Fashion

2. Holding parties and visiting cemeteries
Since Halloween Day is a public holiday all over the country, so many people hold celebrations as entertainment and fun, where houses are decorated with lighting, candles are lit, they go to the graves of the dead to light candles on them, some vegetables such as pumpkins are used in the form of a semen lamp, they wear costumes, they make some night marches that roam the streets of residential neighborhoods, they exchange gifts and candy among themselves, they also go to cemeteries and perform some rituals.

Holding parties and visiting cemeteries

Holding parties and visiting cemeteries

3. Watch Halloween movies
Western cinema has produced many films that mimic this special occasion, and indeed many of them have made very huge financial profits, so people are eagerly looking forward to attending it during Halloween, which often revolves around the idea of Halloween and the scary situations involved in celebrating this day.

Watch Halloween movies

Watch Halloween movies

4. Trick or Halloween Candy

This activity is one of the most common traditions on this occasion, through young children wearing some costumes and walking at night through the streets, and then knocking on the doors of houses to scare their owners as a joke, in order to get some candy and gifts.

V. Halloween Symbols

Halloween is replete with a lot of symbols with multiple connotations and meanings, so you find that the largest commercial companies in the world are keen to be present before starting to celebrate it, including:

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  • Pumpkin lanterns

Halloween The symbol of pumpkin began to be used a long time ago in Ireland, specifically when the Celts carved kale fruit because of the lack of pumpkin or pumpkin, and on the eve of the celebration of this holiday they put a source of fire inside it, believing that it would keep evil spirits away from them, and after moving to America they used pumpkin instead of turnips.

Pumpkin lanterns

Pumpkin lanterns

  • The Witch of Halloween

The symbol of the witch is a very old tradition and is one of the most used Halloween symbols by people. The witch in Western culture always represents the female supernatural boundary, and has been commonly used since that time to the present day.

The Witch of Halloween

The Witch of Halloween

  • Halloween bat

The Halloween bat has ancient roots in Western culture, as it is believed to have the ability to eat all the flying insects gathered around the flames that were burning on this occasion in those times, and the symbol of the bat is associated with vampires, terrifying figures that some bats are believed to be turning to.

Halloween bat

Halloween bat

  • The Ghost of Halloween

The ghost symbol was and still is one of the symbols that people are keen to use on this occasion annually, because they believe that the spirits of the dead roam in the image of ghosts on this night to visit their loved ones in old and abandoned houses.

The Ghost of Halloween

The Ghost of Halloween

  • Halloween cat

The black cat is a symbol commonly used on Halloween, because of the widespread belief that evil humans were able to turn themselves into black cats. There was also an old belief that some magicians could turn into black cats as well, as well as the association of these animals with witches who often roam with a black cat. These are all myths of fiction.

Halloween cat

Halloween cat

  • Halloween Scarecrow

It is known that the symbol of the scarecrow has been used in many different cultures, and the skulls of animals were often placed on them and then burned during the celebration to instill fear in the souls of evil spirits believed to be trying to infiltrate people to harm them. Recently, the symbol of the scarecrow has been used to denote the autumn and harvest season, and in fact, the scarecrow is not only used as a symbol on Halloween, as it has become used on other holidays such as Thanksgiving, because it refers to the idea of harvesting the earth and much good.

  • Transmission of terrifying and frightening narratives

On this day, people circulate terrifying and frightening narratives that talk about monsters and spirits inhabiting abandoned houses, and weave stories and fantasies because they believe that on this day evil spirits move from their isthmus world to earth, and in order for those spirits to be confused and frightened, horror and fear must be spread in their hearts.

  • Skeletons and skulls

Skeletons and skulls are essential symbols of Halloween, being a clear and explicit embodiment of the idea of death, as this holiday has long been considered as a holiday for the dead and their souls, by moving from their eternal world to the human world.

Skeletons and skulls

Skeletons and skulls

  • Blood and spiders

Blood in Western culture embodies life and death, reminds us that as human beings we suffer, suffer and fear a lot of death, and it also carries an explicit reference to the vampire from which the blood is dripping.
The idea of the spider and its use as a symbol on Halloween is ancient and rooted in Western cultures, especially since the spider is seen as weaving destiny and as a companion of villains and witches.
These creatures prefer to be found in dark and abandoned places, such as old houses, tombs, caves, and some species capable of killing humans, so they soon became associated with Halloween.

spiders

spiders

VI. Celebrating Halloween Old and New
In ancient times, the idea of Halloween was about celebrating evil spirits and monsters that are believed to be flying from where they are to attack people on the night of October 31, vandalizing their property, plants and others.
These old beliefs continued to occupy a large part of the lives of Westerners, but little by little those ideas and beliefs faded, so people are no longer afraid of these monsters and evil spirits, but they are celebrating them in autumn festivals that include many festive events, such as dancing, singing, and telling some stories about ghosts for fun and fun.
Although there are many religious voices in the West who oppose such ceremonial ceremonies, most people continue to revive the old customs they inherited from their parents.
The holiday generates huge profits for businesses, with the American people spending nearly $8 billion a year on fashion, candy, toys and other Halloween rituals.

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