HALLOWEEN is that time of the year – pumpkins, sweets, Jack-O-lantern, scary costumes, and many more… what more would you ask for?
The word “Halloween” comes from “Hallow e’en”, which means “hallowed evening”. It is celebrated on October 31. The custom began with the antiquated Celtic celebration of Samhain, when individuals would light bonfires and wear costumes to avert ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III assigned November 1 as an opportunity to respect all saints.
The night to All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. After some time, the festival developed into a day of exercises like trick-or-treat, cutting jack-o-lanterns, wearing costumes, social gatherings and feasting.
On the festival day, children in elementary take their costumes and masks to school. Typical Halloween costumes are the witch, ghost, skeleton, monster, vampire or alien, etc. Its symbols includes bats, cats spiders, etc. Orange and black are the colors of Halloween because orange is related to the Fall harvest and black is related to darkness and death.
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