On the coming date October 31st, we are meeting Halloween, and having great fun on grand Halloween Eve. Many nations have celebrations on Halloween, which is also ever called "All Hallow E'en," "The Eve of All Hallows," "Hallow E'en," or "The eve of All Saints day" before.
About the origin of Halloween, given the most traditional version, it was originated from the ancient Western European countries before the birth of Christ, mainly in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These ancient western Europeans were called Druid. Druid's New Year was on November 1st. On New Year's Eve, Druid setting up the youth team wore a variety of strange mask, carried a carved radish lamp (a later custom of the jack-o'-lantern, the earliest no pumpkins in Western Europe), they wandered around in the villages. This was a celebration of the harvest at the time, but also the "Ghost Festival." The legend is that the soul who died will be visited on the eve of Halloween. It is said that people should let visiting ghosts see the full harvest and give the ghosts friendly hospitality. All the bonfire and lights, one to scare away the ghosts, but also for the ghosts to illuminate the route, to guide its return.
In medieval Central Europe, there was a history of a Christian destruction of pagans. However, Sacrificial ceremony before New Year's Eve has never really been eliminated, but in the form of witchcraft. That's why now in Halloween we have witches' brooms, black cats, spells and so on.
The custom that children dress up in a costume and go home to home asking for candy is said to have originated in Ireland. Irish pagans at the time of ancient Europe believed that the ghosts on the eve of Halloween would cluster around the house on Halloween and accept a banquet. Thus, after the "banquet," the villagers dressed as ghosts, walked outside the village, to guide the ghost to leave, and to avoid evil. At the same time, the villagers also arranged the fruit and other food around the yard, feeding the ghosts and not let them hurt humans and animals or plundered other crops. Later, this custom has been continued, and it became a joke for the children to make fun of the ungenerous family, saying: “Trick or treat.”
As for the jack-o’-lantern, there are at least two kinds of argument. One is said that people hollowed out the pumpkin and carved face with candle fire to disperse the ghost; the other is that the ghosts lit the candle, trying to trick people into taking the bait and followed them, so people carved a mocking face on the surface of the pumpkin to laugh at ghosts: hum! The only fool will be fooled. As the legend goes, the first Irish man who used pumpkin to make lanterns is named Jack, so people call it jack-o’-lantern.
Halloween nowadays is no longer involved in religious superstition; it has become a children's program, and also a masquerade of young people, so-called cosplay.
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Wish you Happy Halloween!