We all know by now that Halloween is celebrated every year on October 31st. The history of trick or treat and the origin of this holiday has been traced back to 5th century BC, in Ireland. Halloween is one event that has been celebrated by our ancestors, their ancestors, and then also their ancestors as well, maybe with the same pomp glory that we do it today. In fact, the history of Halloween stretches to well about 3000 years. This along with many other traditional wisdom associated with Halloween is what this article is all about.
Halloween was introduced to America by Europeans in the early 1840’s. They brought with them various holiday traditions and customs. The act of celebrating Halloween was greatly limited during this time because of rigid religious beliefs. Our distinctly American version of Halloween was a merger of sorts between the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as those of the American Indian.
Did you know that the first to celebrate Halloween were the Celts sometime in 2900 B.C., though it was Samhain that the celebration was referred to as back then. Samhain used to be celebrated on the occasion of the new-year on October 21st to mark the end of their harvest season. The Celts used to be pagans during this time and among the many customs they engaged in Samhain was to collect and exchange food, which they believed would please gods and help ward off evil spirits. With this in mind, they would dress in fiery costumes and scary masks.
By the middle of the 20th century, this holiday had evolved into a celebration directed mostly at children. The entire community became involved with the trick-or-treaters. It was a relatively inexpensive form of entertainment and fun. Men, women, and children in every costume imaginable are today participating in parades, attending costume parties, and wearing disguises to the work place. Many individuals decorate both their homes and their yards for this ghostly time of year.
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