History Of Halloween
November 1, 2011 by staff
It may have its origin in Sahmain, a Celtic New Year festival back 2,000 years, during which people disguise light fires and to ward off roaming ghosts.
This marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter, which is associated with death due to food shortages. During Sahmain, priests build bonfires to burn crops and animal sacrifices. The Celts dressed up, which usually made of animal parts. The Celts believed that on the night before the new year began, the line between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.
In the year 609, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome to all the Christian martyrs, who established the feast of All Martyrs. Later, Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as a time to honor all the saints and martyrs.
In 1000, the church made November 2 All Souls Day, to honor the dead. It was also called All Saints Day and the night before All Hallows’ Eve, which became Halloween. It was thought to be a replacement for the pagan holiday, but still held a similar way, except for dress as saints, angels and demons. During the festivities, the poor beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in exchange for their promise to pray for the dead relatives of the family.
Around this time, people thought would be if the ghosts who left their homes, so if the left had masks to avoid being recognized. They also believed, ghosts are confused with other spirits and leave them alone.
In early America, Halloween is celebrated mainly in Maryland and the southern colonies, and grew more American version of the holiday. The celebrations included public events to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing. In the mid-1800s, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween is not celebrated even throughout the country.
In the second half of the century, began to dress in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. In addition, women believed they could divine the name or likeness of her future husband doing tricks with yarn, apple or cut mirrors.
For the years 1920 and 1930, Halloween became a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and parties across the town as the entertainment of the time, but many celebrations of vandalism. In the 1950′s, trick or treating was seen as a relatively inexpensive way of a whole community to share the celebration of Halloween. Families are given candy to neighborhood children to try to convince now playing tricks or vandalism.
Now, and Americans spend about 6 billion a year on Halloween, making it the country’s largest commercial holiday of seconds.
Details of the fun of Halloween
No orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
N Jack o Lanterns’ originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts.
n Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
n Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
No selling Halloween candy about 2 million dollars annually in the United States.
No chocolate candy bars top the list of most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers # 1.
Bobbing for apples n is believed to have originated in the Roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
n Black cats were believed to be witches family protected their powers.
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