Halloween is celebrated every year on 31 October. On this day people wear different types of scary costumes and make-up. Most of the people on this day dress up like famous scary TV characters like nun vampire Dracula etc. and celebrate trick or treat with their neighbors. But Halloween wasn’t always celebrated this way. Know what is the history of Halloween.
Halloween is a festival in which you can bring out the hidden devil inside you. It is celebrated every year on 31 October. It is celebrated the evening before the Christian All Hallows Feast. On this day, people dress up in ghostly clothes, put on scary makeup, light bonfires, eat lots of candy while trick or treating, and play pranks on their friends and family. This festival is full of fun and jokes, due to which many people have a special wait for Halloween. But do you know how Halloween started and why it is celebrated on a ghostly theme, unlike other festivals?
Why is Halloween celebrated?
Halloween was first celebrated in Scotland and Ireland. This is a Celtic festival, which was known as Samhain. It was celebrated to mark the end of summer and the beginning of winter. Bonfires were lit to mark the beginning of winter. It was believed that on this day the door between the living and the dead opens and the souls come to meet their family members. It was also believed that winter was the time of year full of darkness and gloom and evil spirits came to earth at this time. To protect themselves from them, people would gather, light bonfires, and pray so that they could be protected from evil forces.
Why are ghost costumes worn?
Earlier people believed that evil spirits roam the earth on this day. To protect themselves from them, people used to wear different types of scary clothes so that the evil spirits could not recognize them and stay away from them. This custom has been going on since then and even today people wear scary costumes. However, now people just have fun with each other by dressing up in ghostly costumes, watching scary movies, and eating candy. It is also believed that pumpkins were carved to keep the devil away. This custom is also going on like this and even today people carve pumpkins in their homes and decorate the house.