Trick or treat - Do you give or not give us? is a wish from the traditional Halloween carols, with which the children disguised in the costumes of the most frightening "menace" the houses of the people on the evening of October 31. It is an ancient custom of this Celtic holiday, taken over by most Western peoples, over time.
Find out the story of this habit, where it originates and especially what happens when the carol people refuse to give their children the long-awaited candy or sweets!
Trick or treat, what story hides this hatred?
It is approaching that autumn evening of the year in which everyone, with little, with sea disguises itself as a mystical character and starts caressing by knocking on the neighbors' doors to receive the well-deserved sweets or sweets. Halloween carol is accompanied by the famous "trick or treat?" or "give us or don't give us?", as translated into Romanian. Is it an adapted translation, because in exact terms, the wishing conveys the message "treat us (give us) or we fool you (we hope)?". It is a naive threat, but it has a special symbolism.
The habit of "trick or treat" does not date from the time of the Celts, from where the Halloween holiday originates, but it has been born ever since, most likely in the UK and Ireland. The exact date of origin of this custom is not known exactly, the history of caroling remains still shrouded in mystery.
It is true that in the past, in the United Kingdom, Society and Ireland, there is no tradition of disguising in evil spirits or demons, as now, nor the Halloween holiday. It was a tradition called "breathlessness." During the festivities organized on the occasion of the Day of the Saints, poor people went to ask for food at the houses of the people. They received pastry, which the British called "soul cakes." In return, the poor people promised to pray for the souls of the dead of those visited.
Over time, the custom has undergone numerous transformations. At the end of the nineteenth century, in England and Ireland, children used to go on carols dressed in normal clothes and sing prayers and songs of spirit in people's homes, in exchange for which they had to receive offerings in the name of the spirits of the dead: food, money, etc.
Despite the fact that many people associate the origins of Halloween with the United States, the famous trick or treat came to America only in the 20th century, specifically in the second part of the 1930s, when it was mentioned in a lot of magazines and books or shows. TV for children. But Halloween caroling really entered the hearts of Americans only in 1952, with the release of the "Trick or treat" animation, a Walt Disney production, from where the perpetuation of tradition throughout the world began.
Today, the Halloween carol takes place in most regions of the world. The children disguise themselves in the most vicious costumes and leave, endowed with a bag, to hunt for sweets. They knock on the neighbors' doors and shout how loud they can trick or treat. From the moment the people open the door, they have a choice between two options: either they "treat" children with the well-deserved sweets and they are left alone and protected from curses, or they refuse to serve them with chocolates, when those little ones either frighten them, or throw them words of spirit or trick them.
Sweets, children's reward
The main sweets with which children are greeted at the carols are candy, which records record sales, every year, in America. In the modern era, the range of sweets that are offered to Halloween children has diversified significantly. A trend of recent years indicates an increase in home-made snacks or preparations, from specific autumn ingredients - pumpkin, apples, nuts, etc. - but also of fruits and chocolate products.
Like Christmas or New Year, people who are taken unprepared and do not have sweets in the house, but wake up with the little "demons" at the door, do not leave their visit unpaid and offer them money, just, just not to be fooled or cursed by evil spirits.
Do you used to go with your baby on Halloween carols? Do you think that the trick or treat carol tradition is sufficiently developed in our country as much as the custom of costuming us? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!
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