People celebrate Halloween on the 31st of October, and it originates from Ireland. Halloween is very famous mainly in English-speaking countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, etc. However, recently, the number of actively celebrating countries has increased.
Have you thought about why we are celebrating this event? Why do people wear scary costumes and put on weird, scary make-up? Type “Halloween” on Google and hit the “search” button will enable you to know the exact time and explanation of this day. We will explain this “scary” day’s global values and quote some related strange habits.
Celtics gave its fundamental spirit to Halloween!
The shorter version of “All-Hallows-Eve,” means the night before “All Saint Day,” which Western Christians celebrate.
The habit of wearing masks that unconditionally belong to this tradition is probably the rest of the Pagan or Celtic tradition. For Celts, the last day of October, called Samhain, meant the end of summer and the beginning of winter.
According to the myths, the borders between the world of the living and the dead become the thinnest during this time. They also believed that their deceased relatives came to them on this day, so they put up candles on the windows to show them the way home.
Celts even wore masks and colored their faces to look like ghosts and not be recognized by the bad spirits that could come into this world. According to the legend, during Halloween, time stops, and people can contact the people they loved, from the dead.
Legends talking about colors, pumpkins, cats, and spiders.
Halloween colors are orange and black: orange symbolizes the harvest, the main feature of autumn, and black means death and darkness.
The pumpkins, deeply connected with this tradition, are historically related to Ireland. People would stick candles inside this fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit) to protect themselves against evil ghosts and maleficent powers.
The black cat symbolizes bad luck, and according to the legend, one used it to protect themselves from the evil powers of all witches. Previously, catteries during this day refused to give their black cats to people because of the fear of their sacrifice.
Seeing a spider during Halloween symbolizes that a person near you has their eyes set on you. That is very positive!
The creatures that belong to Halloween’s world.
Do you know how to recognize a werewolf? A man has hairy limbs, an extraordinarily long middle finger, transforms into a wolf, and goes on a killing spree. Hopefully, these characteristics are scientifically proven!
If you like contemporary American series and movies, then for sure you know what a vampire is. However, you probably do not know that there are several organizations of vampires in the world. The members of these groups apparently kill people and drink their blood.
In 2009, in the Italian city of Venice, a buried woman thought to be a vampire lived in the 16th century. People felt that she was eating the victims of a plague that prevailed in the city during the same time.
We have explained the history and pointed out the interesting facts about Halloween and its mystic figures. For this year, you’ll have a clear image of this largely commercialized celebration. Will you join it?