Halloween, the time of pumpkins, candies, ghosts, witches and much more, is annually celebrated on 31 October.
That's the night before All Saints Day. Its origins date back
thousands of years to the Celtic festival of Samhaim or The Feast of the
Sun, a most significant holiday of the Celtic year. This day marked the
end of summer but also the season of darkness as well as the beginning
of the New Year on 1 November.
Druids in Britain and Ireland would light bonfires, dance around
them and offer sacrifices of animal and crops. The fires were also
intended to give warmth to the households and to keep free from evil
spirits. Through the ages these practices changed.
Irish hollowed out turnips, placed a light inside to keep away the bad
and stingy Jack. As the legend says, Jack was a man who tricked the
devil and after Jack had died he was allowed neither in heaven nor in
hell. With a lantern in his hand he began to search for a resting place
on Earth. This was the original Jack-o-Lantern. Since Halloween came to
America from Ireland (Scotland and Wales) people used pumpkins because
they were bigger and easier to hollow out than turnips.
During the centuries the cultures have added their own elements to the way Halloween is celebrated.
Children love the custom of dressing-up in fancy costumes and going
from door-to-door yelling "Trick-or-Treat" . Adults instead join spooky
parties which are nearly held all over the cities and villages on that
special evening. A spooky decoration, games and "frightening food" are
nuts and bolts for a Halloween party your friends won't soon forget.