Will Halloween stop being celebrated
Halloween is just around the corner and is no longer just popular in the USA. The horror festival of ghosts, pumpkins and disguises has also arrived in Germany for several years and is making the tills ring in department stores and supermarkets. We will introduce you to the meaning of Halloween in more detail and explain to you what the horror festival means, where it comes from and what is particularly typical for Halloween.
The meaning of Halloween: where does the festival come from?
The meaning of Halloween can be traced back to Catholic Ireland. Because of the Irish who immigrated to the USA, the celebration spread there as well. To this day, however, there are different theories that say whether the tradition of Halloween a Celtic or a Christian origin Has.
If you believe the Christian tradition, the origin and meaning of Halloween lies in the name "All Hallows‘ Eve ". That’s the evening before "All Hallows‘ Day ", meaning before All Saints Day. All Saints' Day is on November 1st, hence it is "All Hallows‘ Eve "October 31st - exactly when Halloween is celebrated worldwide.
In Celtic history it is said that the meaning of Halloween is on the Celtic festival "Samhain" is based and as early as 500 BC Was celebrated - always on the Celtic New Year, October 31! The Celts believed that that evening the worlds of the living and the dead collide. According to legend, the dead try to take possession of the souls of the living and secure their chance of an afterlife. The living must either hide or disguise themselves as the dead in order not to be recognized. Many also used the disguise to deter and drive away the dead and ghosts.
How is Halloween celebrated?
Halloween is not only celebrated by adults, children and young people in particular have taken a liking to it. Once a year the Halloween fans dress up and transform themselves into bloodthirsty and creepy creatures.
A particularly popular custom, especially in the United States, is "Trick or treat". The custom is for children and young people in disguise to go from house to house in the neighborhood begging for sweets. Usually this is where the saying goes "Trick or treat!" ("Trick or treat!"). If the children do not get sweets from their neighbors, they can expect a prank by the children.
The origin of this custom and the meaning of Halloween in this sense goes back to the ninth century. Christians moved on the day of "All Souls", November 2nd, through the villages to so-called "Soul Cake" to beg. This delicacy is a special bread with sweet and sour currants.
One custom that is most common and popular on Halloween is that Transformation into mostly creepy characters. Whether witch, vampire or ghost, devil or zombie: There are no limits to the imagination when it comes to the disguises. Not only children love to dress up. Many young adults have fun changing on Halloween every year.
What is typical for Halloween?
Not only the disguise is particularly typical for Halloween, but also that Setting up pumpkins. They are usually hollowed out and given creepy grimaces that are carved into the pumpkin to scare off monsters, dead and other creepy figures on Halloween night.
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