Where did halloween originate? How did it start?
I love history like that i want to know how halloween started or originated.
Halloween Facts and Traditions…
The Origin of Halloween
Halloween’s roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their “Druid” religion, November 1st was New Years’ on their calendar. The celebration would begin on October 31st ,and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year, would rise up and roam the earth on this night. This is an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld. Halloween as it is currently celebrated with costumes, trick or treat, and superstitions, takes from this Druid Holiday.
All Hallows Eve
Halloween was commonly referred to as “All Hollows” Eve. It originated from the pagan holiday honoring the dead. The Roman Catholic Church created All Saints Day (also called Hallomas) on November 1st to honor Saints and All Souls Day on November 2and to honor and pray for the souls of the dead. These holidays were created by the church, in part to downplay the pagan holidays. Needless to say, it did not succeed. Halloween as we know it today, has grown from the ancient Druid Holiday. Along the way both fun, frights, and Satanic twists have been added to the mix. Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending. Consumers will spend over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. That’s a whole lot of candy, costumes, decorations, and party goods.
Samhain the Lord of Darkness
The Druid religion of Celtic tribes worshipped Samhain, the Lord of Darkness. The Druid New Year began on November 1st, as the hours of nighttime were growing significantly over the hours of sunlight. Hence, Lord Samhain reigned over the long winter months as the influence of the Sun god receded.
Pumpkins have inhabited the planet for thousands of years. They originated in Central America. They were used then (and now) as a food crop. Over the course of centuries, pumpkins spread their vines across all of North and South America. When Europeans arrived in the New World, they found pumpkins plentiful and used in cooking by Native Americans. They took seeds back to Europe where they quickly became popular. Did you Know? There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange? Hard to believe for such an important color? The same is true for the colors purple and silver. But, who cares about silver and purple…they are not pumpkin colors! Growing big pumpkins is a big time hobby. And, serious at that. Top prize money for the biggest giant pumpkin is as much as $25,000 dollars at fall festivals. The current world record for giant pumpkins is 1446 pounds. Now that’s a lot of pumpkin pies! Carving pumpkins is a traditional and fun part of Halloween. You can carve simple designs or intricate patterns.
The First Jack O’Lantern
The Irish carved Turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow’s Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and Rutabagas. When Irish Immigrants came to America, they quickly discovered that Jack O’Lanterns were much easier to carve out and began using them. This truly neat tradition quickly spread to the general population in America and elsewhere. Others believe that the first Jack O’Lanterns came from the Story of Stingy Jack.
Dia De Los Muertos
In English, this holiday translates to “The Day of the Dead”. It is an important Mexican holiday. Where Americans shy away from the topic of death, Mexicans embrace it. On this day, they celebrate it in a big way. Asian cultures are also known to honor the dead in October.
Trick or Treating
It is believed that the Irish began the tradition of Trick or Treating. In preparation for All Hallow’s Eve, Irish townsfolk would visit neighbors and ask for contributions of food for a feast in the town.
What kinds of things should we do at a halloween party for middle school kids?
we know that we want to play halloween music videos on a big screen but what else???
Like make the house dark and have like black cloth hanging from the walls and have lanterns on ethe porch then have like a costum party and have a contest for the best costume and have like sheets that look like ghosts hanging ftrom the wall but i think as long as they are doing something they will have fun but another idea is to have like a person in like a scarecrow costume to stand outside and just act like he is for decoration and when the kids come to the party and knock or ring the doorbell he can jump up and scare the kids and have a lot of candy its not halloween without candy. Well i hope i helped have fun at the party
What holiday is your favorite to decorate to?
Well in just 90 days the start of the holiday season will be with us again. Halloween, thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I always love decorating my house to all of them, and love looking at other peoples decorations. So, which one of the holidays is your favorite to decorate to?
Used to LOVE to decorate the front porch on Halloween. But don’t do that anymore since we don’t get many trick or treaters around here. I still like to look at other peoples’ Halloween deco though.
Currently I only decorate for the winter holiday by putting lights on the outside of the house.
So I guess that would have to be my favorite and only holiday I decorate on.
Does anyone mix up Halloween with the Christmas holiday?
I was thinking Halloween would go great with Christmas. Christmas has lost my interest even with my wife and my four kids. I was thinking about spicing it up. I had a cool idea to dress my kids in Halloween customs and give them candy for Christmas.
What do you think about this odd way to celebrate Christmas?
Well sort of. Me and my mom put halloween purple and orange lights outside for our christmas decorations. And it looks really pretty.
But i think christmas the top holiday what so ever!
How long do you have to wait before you put up your christmas decorations?
my mom & dad usually put up the decoration like 8 days before christmas which is sad!!
Theres no law about christmas decorations
the people in my grandmothers street would have there christmas decorations up by halloween
never got fined or talked to about it by police or law makers
thats just horse s**t lol
its whenever u feel is a good time really
like me i put mine up about 2 – 3 weeks before christmas
it was a family tradition to start the process at thanksgiving a new decoration the color of the lights on the tree pictures etc. As far as outside decorations i do the simple things the lights are done by the 15th not trying to have a high light bill and i take mines off on January 7th because the 6th is the three kings day.
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