History of Halloween

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October 31st, Halloween is celebrated. Shortened for All Hallows’ Evening, recognised to be the time of the year when ghosts, witches are especially active.

No solid proof of the origins of Halloween has been submitted, but much more speculation that halloween is from a festival called Samhain. Over the many years halloween has becomes a growing trend year after year, As more people get into the ambient of this celebration.

The history of halloween, has been debated for years and currently no one knows for sure, with solid proof the history of this holiday. But over the years people have always set to a few traditional activities each year, Such as Trick-or-treating, Where people, Mainly children dress up in their favorite spooky outfit and knock on neighbors doors and say trick-or-treat, and walk away with candy or money.

Still another potential trick-or-treating debate is the UK tradition. Children wear masks and carry effigies of a man called guido fawkes in wheelbarrows while begging for pennies on Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night), chanting, Penny for the guy.

UK celebrate guy fawkes to commemorates the failed attempt of the so-called Gunpowder Plot in 1605. On the day of November 5, 1606, guido was executed for his role in the Catholic-led conspiracy to blow up and remove King James I,.

Originally Guy Fawkes Day, was to prepare to celebrate plotters execution, communal bonfires, or “bone fires,” were built and lit to burn effigies of Guy Fawkes himself and the symbolic “bones” of the Catholic pope.

In the early 19th century, children bearing effigies of Fawkes we’re roaming the streets on the evening of November 5, asking for “a penny for the Guy.”

Recently more and more people have traditionally started attending costume parties, instead of trick-or-treating they attend to someones house and celebrate with drinks and food.

Another trending tradition that had happened in the U.S. Is visiting haunted houses. These can either be guided tours or with a bunch of friends. Visiting derelict old houses and telling each other ghost stories.

A very much old traditions is the carving jack-o-lanterns, Today we use pumpkins, but many years ago it was turnips. Their has been lots of stories surrounding the jack-o-lanterns and why we carve them.

It is believed that most of these traditions that happen in the U.S. are carried from Scottish and Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century, Halloween isn’t just in the U.S. Other western countries celebrate this holiday and began to do so in the late twentieth century, These are Canada, Ireland, United kingdom, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand.

Samhain

Halloween May have its origins from the ancient celtic festival, commonly known as samhain. The Festival in which the Gaelic culture celebrate is to end the harvest season, and a time for the ancient pagans to take stock of their annual supplies and prepare for the harsh winter.

The spiritual Gaels culture honestly believed that on October 31, was a special time for the boundaries between the living world and the dead was weak. they believed that the weak boundaries allowed the dead to walk and torment among the living world and bringing cursing diseases and damaged crops.

History of Halloween Traditional Activities

Traditions of Trick-or-treating, among the top with pumpkins for a must do activity. It is a the heart of halloween, children and adults alike dress up in scary costumes and go out the night before or on Halloween in which they go from house to house in costumes in turn, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question. Trick-or-treat.

Weird antisocial may this sound, Actually just a bit of fun in the ambient of the night, The “trick” in the saying Trick -or-treat is a one off unrealised threat, for one to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no worthy treat is given.

Trick-or-treating for halloween is a main tradition that will always happen for halloween, It is used in other countries when this holiday comes along and it will always stay, it is a socially accept active that anyone can join in with. Although In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, it is believed the word  the night designated for Trick-or-treating is often referred to as Beggars Night.

The Growth of trick-or-treating has evolved. Dressing up and going knocking on neighbors doors is a very popular activity in the United States and as well in United Kingdom, and other countries such as canada and ireland.

Due to the U.S. Media, More and more children around the globe especially in europe have started trick-or-treating, A growing trend of this activity as started in Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. But if we turn to the UK.

The norm in the UK, that the police have threaten parents who allow their children to participate in this trick word among other things. This is classed as antisocial. In most parts of europe halloween as been approach with skepticism. Much can be said in regards to trick-or-treat as it could be linked to mischief night.

History of Halloween costumes in taking part of dressing up in these costumes and going knocking on neighbors doors for worthy treats, Could possibly go way back to the middles ages, including christmas coral singing, although this was referred to wassailing.

Speculation state, Trick-or-treating may resembles the late medieval practice of “souling,” Poor families would go door to doors, This was a time when halloween was called hallowmas, and it was celebrated on november 1st, They would receive food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day that took place on november 2nd.

We could possibly say this originated from ireland and the UK, although there has been suggestion that the practice of souls of the dead have been  found in south italy. Even Shakespeare himself  mentions this begging, In one of  his comedies ” The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593),” when Speed accuses his master of “pulling [whimpering, whining], like a beggar at Hallowmas.”

Beginning of trick-or-treat

Now you can see, All these traditions that happen on halloween do not hold much proof to why we do it. This is why it is easy to use samhain as the main culprit for starting halloween. Although in recent years or shall we say since we invented media, Halloween has started to boost in most communities and they add their own little touches to this ambient holiday.

Looking for evidence of souling in the U.S. is dismal, as their isn’t much we can compare it to. Trick-or-treating may have its origins in american from the Irish or British antecedents. Related online source claim there isn’t much making mask or costumes for halloween in ireland and Britain or even other countries before 1900.

There is however, the earliest recorded english speaking document or a ritual begging in halloween occurred in 1911, A newspaper published in kingston, ontario, reported it was normal for children to go street guising, On halloween night between the hours of 6 p.m and 7 p.m.

Other evidence may show that Some colonists celebrated the UK Guy Fawkes Day, in and around the and in the mid-19th century large numbers of new immigrants, from Ireland’s especially the ones fleeing the potato famine in the 1840s, helped popularize Halloween within these colonies.

Has history is written the Irish and Scottish communities revived the Old tradition of guising in reference to trick-or-treating and souling  in the U.S, by the 1920s, however, these pranks had become the Halloween activity of choice for curious children.

With the great depression in full swing, it exacerbated the problem, Halloween was already in devolving into vandalism, and it help spread the acts of violence. But one debate is often questioned that it was the excessive pranks on Halloween that may have led to the widespread adoption of an ambient organized, community-based trick-or-treating tradition in the 1930s.

As World War II broke out  children had to stop trick-or-treating because of sugar rationing.

But all we do know, is that the  height of the postwar baby boom, The famous trick-or-treating reclaimed its place among other Halloween traditions, quickly becoming the perfect practice for millions of children in U.S. cities and most recently around the globe.

With the sugar rationing, stopped the candy companies capitalized on the dollar ritual, launching major national advertising campaigns specifically aimed at Halloween. todays statistics claimed Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween and making it the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday.