ON October 31, revelers enjoy all of the thrilling festivities that Halloween brings to the world each year.
The haunting event usually consists of fun activities and events, but why do we celebrate it and where does the tradition come from? Here’s everything you know about the beloved celebration …
Where does Halloween come from?
It’s a common misconception that Halloween originated from America, but the tradition actually started a little closer to home.
Experts believe the spooky festival has started in Ireland, where the Celtics celebrated Samhain.
This Gaelic feast took place after the harvest and honored the souls of the dead to avoid misfortune.
It was one of four Gaelic seasonal festivals, commonly seen in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Other theories suggest that pagans have celebrated Halloween for thousands of years, where people have dressed up and built bonfires to scare off evil spirits.
Remarkably, the evidence for these early Halloween events dates back over 6,000 years.
Why are we going to cheat or deal?
This tradition of knocking on the door is believed to have started when Irish migrants traveled to America to escape the famine of the 1800s.
As part of the Samhain festival, Irish revelers would go door to door to participate in the âsoulingâ.
Soulers would visit their neighbors’ homes to collect food and gifts on the promise that they would pray for the dead on All Saints Day.
In Scotland, people went to give each other gifts, where they could earn a ‘candy’ by performing for the inhabitant of the house.
Why do we carve pumpkins?
Another ritual that has become associated with Halloween is the carving of pumpkins.
According to Irish legend, scary faces had to be carved from a variety of vegetables to scare off “Stingy Jack”.
In the haunting tale that has spanned the centuries, Stingy Jack sells his soul to the devil.
After deceiving Satan, Jack manages to keep his soul, but when he dies, God does not let him enter Heaven.
The revelers thought Jack’s mind was trapped between heaven and hell, so they started sculpting faces to scare him.
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