The history of Halloween, like every festival in history, is inspired by traditions that have been maintained over time from generation to generation. Everyone follows their traditions, like grandparents and parents.
With the passage of time, the originality of the process tends to be distorted, additions and alterations appear. Digging through history, we will be able to discover lost and unknown data with the passage of time.
This is what happened with Halloween, it was modified and there were many horror stories with ghosts, witches, monsters, goblins and beasts. There are no more innocent stories. Are these stories just a myth or is there a reality show? Let's get rid of the veil of mystery and find out the real face of Halloween.
The name Halloween came from the term "hallow", which means holy. Halloween night was called "Night of All Saints." Roman and Lutheran Catholics used to celebrate on this day all the saints in heaven, known and unknown, being one of the most important holidays of the church year.
The Romans honored this day on behalf of those who are no longer on earth. Participants made sacrifices on behalf of the dead and prayed for them. In the past, this holiday was on February 21, at the end of the Romanian year. In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV introduced the Day of Saints to replace the pagan festival for the dead. Later, Gregory III changed the date on November 1.
Beyond the connection with the Catholic Church, the American version of Halloween derives from ancient (pre-Christian) beliefs. The Halloween custom was brought to America in 1840 by Irish immigrants. The habit of "trick or treat" comes not from the Celts, but from Europeans with the 9th century called the breathlessness.
On November 2, the Day of the Saints, each Christian walks from village to village, asking for "soul cakes", made from square pieces of bread with currants or raisins. The more cakes were gathered, the more the number of prayers said for those who had died. At that time it was believed that the one who dies remains suspended for a period of time on earth, and through prayers, even by strangers, the soul can reach heaven.
The habit of dealing with a pumpkin and the introduction of a lantern inside (to Americans called the Pumpkin Jack) comes from Irish folklore. The story goes that a man named Jack, known as a drunkard and a cheater, tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Then Jack carved the image of a cross on the tree's trunk, managing to capture the devil in the tree.
Jack made a pact with him that if he didn't fool him, he would let him down from the tree. According to tradition, after Jack died, he was not received into heaven because of his devilish methods, but he was not even allowed to enter hell because he deceived the devil. Instead, the devil only gave him a torch to light his way through the darkness. It was placed in a lap to maintain the flame for a longer period of time.
For Americans, Halloween is a reason to celebrate, especially for children. What is your vision for Halloween?
I do not agree, but I will celebrate with my child - 4.4%
I do not know what it is, I would like more information - 11.1%
I think this holiday should not be taken into consideration - 42.2%
I can't wait to dress the little one in an interesting character! - 42.2%
Total number of votes: 45
Although this holiday was embraced more by Americans, we wondered why we couldn't do it, as long as our children are open to having fun, wearing cool and interesting costumes, knowing the concept real about monsters and witches.
Thus, they could much more easily overcome fear for the beast in the closet or the monster under the bed, as long as they realize that everything is unreal. According to the questionnaire, half of the mothers are pro and the other half are against, but because the questionnaire only allowed the vote, but not the arguments you could tell us why you, as a mom, do you agree with Halloween?