Halloween Story: The Complete Guide to Halloween
The history of Halloween dates back to a pagan festival called Samhain.
Hundreds of years ago, people dressed as saints and walked door to door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and stunts.
It’s here, it’s here! Halloween is officially here, and there is so much to expect, from brainstorming dark, creepy costumes to working out pumpkin carving ideas with the kids and, of course, eating an unfathomable amount of Halloween treats, candy and chocolate, and indulging an entire spiced pumpkin.
No matter how old you are or how many times you’ve been around the block, the holiday just never gets old. The little ones have a chance to dress up and go for a treat, and parents have a reason to sip a drunken cocktail on Halloween.
But in the midst of Halloween parties and sugar surges, have you ever wondered about the origins and history of Halloween?
Here, we share the origins and meaning of Halloween in the hope that it will make your holidays even more enjoyable. After all, this old-fashioned holiday actually dates back many, many years ago. This is much older than you think! What about witches and wizards with whom you communicate? They are also part of the story. Here’s the real story of how Halloween officially came.
However, pagan and Christian cases were not always back to back. Until the 7th century A.D., All Saints’ Eve actually fell on May 13th. Perhaps in an attempt to compensate for this event with a religious holiday, Pope Boniface IV ultimately called for the ceremony to be changed to its current date of November 1.
Why are we celebrating Halloween on October 31st?
Halloween falls on October 31st because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, believed to be the earliest known Halloween roots, took place on that day. It marked the central time of the year when the seasons changed, but more importantly, observers also believed that the border between this world and the next became particularly thin during this time, allowing them to connect with the dead. This belief is shared by some other cultures; a similar idea is mentioned in relation to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which also usually occurs in October and includes prayer for the dead. This is also where Halloween takes on its “ghost” connotations.
The early pagan festival of Samhain included many ritual ceremonies to connect with the spirits, as the Celts were polytheists. Although not many details are known about these festivals, many believe that the Celts, who are celebrated in costumes (yes, they were probably as simple as animal skins), camouflage against ghosts, have special festivals, and make lanterns by squeezing out pumpkins. (hence the story of jacks). Over time, as Christianity took over and the pagan shades of the holiday were diminished, the main traditions of the holiday remained part of pop culture every year; they just evolved and modernized.
The mystical rituals of the old days have evolved into more carefree fun and games. For example, the somewhat cumbersome concept of connecting with the dead has been replaced by the more lighthearted idea of talking about the future. For example, bobbing for apples has become popular as divination on the eve of All Saints: apples will be selected to represent all of the woman’s suitors, and the guy is an apple – in the end, she bites, supposedly representing her future husband. In fact, Halloween previously represented a huge (albeit rather superstitious) matchmaking opportunity for young women in the 19th century.
Another popular All Hallows ‘Eve’ ritual was mirror-gazing, as people hoped to see their future by looking in the mirror. There are also reports of fortune cookie favors in earlier times. People wrote messages on pieces of paper in milk, and then the notes were folded and placed in walnut shells. The shells will heat up over the fire, causing the milk to turn brown just for the message to mysteriously appear on paper for the recipient.
History of Halloween Costumes and Trick or Treatments
It is said that many people dress as saints and read songs or poems door to door. The kids also went door to door asking for “soul cakes,” a cookie-like treat. Technical note: soul cakes originated as part of Yes of all souls