Halloweens origins date back to ancient traditions, many Celtic, it’s evolved into a modern celebration with costumes, trick or treats, and a touch of the supernatural. Let’s delve into the fascinating traditions.
This tradition stems from the belief that on Halloween, the boundary between the living and the supernatural world blurs, allowing spirits to roam freely. Disguising oneself as a ghost or ghoul was a way to evade these wandering spirits or even pay homage to deceased loved ones.
This tradition evolved from the ancient Celtic practice of offering food to wandering spirits to appease them.
Carving pumpkins is a tradition rooted in Irish folklore. The original "Jack-o'-lantern" was a carved turnip or beet used to ward off evil spirits. Immigrants to America adopted the pumpkin for its larger size and vibrant orange colour, creating the iconic Halloween decoration we know today.
On Samhain night, bonfires were lit to keep spirits at bay and to provide warmth and protection during the transition into the darker, colder months of the year.
5. Bobbing for Apples
Bobbing for apples origins come from the Roman festival honouring the goddess of fruit and trees, Pomona. It involves trying to bite or catch apples floating in a tub of water without using one's hands.
Halloween's rich tapestry of traditions connects us with ancient cultures and their beliefs about the supernatural. Whether you're a child tick or treating or an adult enjoying the eerie festivities, the traditions of Halloween continue to captivate people around the world, bridging the gap between the living and the otherworldly for a night of thrilling fun.
Other traditions around the world around 31st October
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) - Mexico
The hungry ghost festival - China
Diwali - India
Loy Krathong - Thailand - festival of lanterns
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish holiday
Most of these relate to honouring our dead, celebrating the end of the harvest and looking forward to the New Year.
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