Wednesday, 25 October 2017

What is Halloween?

What is Halloween?

Halloween is a very festive and popular holiday, that is celebrated every year on October 31st. Halloween was originally called All Saints eve, All hallows, Samhain and soon shortened into halloween.

All saints day was made to remember those who have died. People believed that on the night of October 31st, the ghost of the dead would return to earth. In the eighth century many people ate soul cakes and carved pumpkins. They also disguised themselves by wearing costumes, so that they can fit in with the dead.

Back in the day it was more of trick than treat. For example kids or teenagers egg and trash people's houses. Now, halloween is more friendly, kidlike and more of a commercial holiday. Which means it's more about buying and spending loads of money. America especially tends to spend more than 6 billion dollars a year just on this holiday.

Halloween now is celebrated in many different ways. People watch scary movies, go trick or treating, decorate and do an activity called apple bobbing. In different countries people celebrate halloween differently.

Most mexican families create an altar for their loved ones and decorate it with their favourite things. (the loved one's favourite food, thing etc). On November 2nd is when they come together, wear disguises and paint faces quite similar to a skull. They call this The day of the dead. This is also how Asians celebrate it as well.

In the end, it is important to understand why halloween is celebrated and the importance of this holiday. Happy Halloween!

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