Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st.
It is a short form oft the English appellation 'All Hallows Eve' and it designates the evening before All Saint's Day.
For over 5000 years the Celtic year ended on the night of October 31st. This day was called Samhein.Summer was over now and the dark season started. People thought that those who had
died the year before came back to the place where they had
The dead shouldn't come together with the living people so the living people put
meals and drinks for the undead so as to appease the visitors from the other world.
As a result of the legend of Jack O. the Jack O'Lantern originated
. The legend says that Jack O. was a very evil man and in his lifetime he fooled the devil. He was too evil to come
to heaven but the devil didn't want to accept him in hell. So the devil gave him a turnip with
a piece of
glowing carbon so he could
march through the darkness between heaven and hell.
hey cut scary faces in turnips so
that the undead thought a blasted soul already existed in this house
In the 19th Century Irish immigrants brought this custom to America and it became an important folk festival in Canada and America. The Americans
celebrate this festival with much ardor even though
it is just the pleasure in the spooky and not to banish bad ghosts.
From America it came to Europe. The European festival is more bright than the American and it isn't as scary as the American festival.In Germany it became more popular every year, especially with children. They
masquerade as witches, ghosts, skeletons
, vampires and other figures and they go from house to house asking
for sweets. If they do not get some, the kids play pranks. That is called 'trick or treating
Typical for halloween is:
The Jack O'Lantern. This is a pumpkin whose top and stem are cut out and funny or scary faces are engraved in it, put down to the Celtic beets that should keep the undead away.Trick or treating
, masquerading and halloween partys.