What is Halloween?
Well, Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a spooky celebration observed every year in a number of countries on October 31 - the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, also known as All Saints' Day. In 2017, Halloween falls on a Tuesday.
The Americanised Halloween that we experience today actually originated in the Celtic fringes of Britain, and was adapted over the decades by Christian traditions, immigrants' conventions and an insatiable desire for sweets.
How to celebrate the day?
Usually on 31th of October is the eve of Halloween, and that is the most alive time of the holiday. There are several traditions that always followed:
1. Make a pumpkin lighted lamp
The carving of pumpkins originates from the Samhain festival, when Gaels would carve turnips to ward off spirits and stop fairies from settling in houses.
You will need serious pumpkin skills to create this skull-but it will certainly terrify any trick or treating children approaching your house.
2. Attend a dressing up party at the night
Celts dressed up in white with blackened faces during the festival of Samhain to trick the evil spirits that they believed would be roaming the earth before All Saints' Day on November 1st.Nicholas Rogers, a historian at York University says that when people prayed for the dead at Hallow Mass, they dressed up.So dressing up party is becoming more and more popular on Halloween’s day. People even spend a half day on dressing before the eve.
3. Prepare candies with candy boxes at home, and saying ”trick or treat?”
The phrase trick-or-treat was first used in America in 1927, with the traditions brought over to America by immigrants. Guising gave way to threatening pranks in exchange for sweets. From jumping out of bushes dressed as zombies or spooking people in their sleep as ghosts - the terrifying list of possibilities is endless.