Although trick-or-treating did not gain popularity in the United States until the 1950s, the tradition has Celtic roots. October 31 is known as Samhain, a day when the dead returned to the earth. During Celtic celebrations of Samhain, many people wore disguises to ward off evil spirits. Groups of "guisers" performed plays in homes they visited. They were rewarded with treats of food.
The children would also carve out lanterns from a turnip (now we use pumpkins) to resemble a scary face. The children would go around the neighborhood, carrying their turnip lantern on a piece of string and knock on doors and say "please help the guisers." The kids would be required to sing a song, or say a poem or tell a joke for which they would receive sweets, fruit, nuts or money.
After they had been guising they would go home and put some nuts and fruit in a basin of water. With their hands behind their back, they would attempt to lift the fruit and nuts out of the water with their mouths. This was called "dookin", and sometimes called "dookin fer aiples" (now known as "bobbing for apples"). These traditions are still practiced today in Scotland although many children will now say "trick-or-treat" instead of "please help the guisers" since they see this on TV and in American movies. The children do not however play tricks on the neighbors, they still have to recite a verse or sing a song for their reward.
Another explanation for trick-or-treating is that it comes from "souling," a tradition in Ireland and Great Britain. While souling, the poor would go from home to home and pray for each family's dead, and the families gave them small cakes to eat.
Others believe the tradition of trick-or-treating is related most closely to old urban Thanksgiving traditions of costumes and pranks. This "ragamuffin" tradition was popular in urban areas like New York and Boston, and consisted of costumed children parading around the streets begging for coins or treats, and pulling pranks when they didn't get anything. Shopkeepers would often 'buy off' these pranksters, trading some sweet snack or bread loaf for security from soaped windows or pilfered shop signs. By the early 1900s these children would parade through the streets in their costumes, becoming an established holiday event, the 'ragamuffin parade.'
However, spectacle parades like the Macy's parade began to overrun these prankster traditions in the 1920s, and the Depression of the 1930s, all but rubbed the begging traditions out. Instead, Halloween became the new time for tricks and treats--and as the treats became scarce, the tricks became vandalism. Things got out of control in the 1930s, with several brawls and acts of violence associated with Halloween pranking. To counter this, homes started to offer parties for children, as an incentive to curb vandalism. Candy and treats were offered, in other words, literally to stop children from misbehaving on Halloween. After a slowdown in WWII (when sugar was severely rationed), the post-WWII baby boom led to the solidification of modern trick-or-treating. It was bolstered by the manufacturing spirit of the 1950s, which saw the first real bags of bite-sized candy treats readily available for eager trick-or-treaters.
Some people do not celebrate Halloween because of religious reasons concerning the origin and underlying meaning for Halloween.
=Yes. The origin of Halloween lies in the tradtions of the Celtic people.=
The origin of Halloween is credited to Celtics and Romans. See the related links below for more details.
Halloween seems to have its origin in pagan (i.e., non-Christian) cultures; later it was adapted to Christianity.
Halloween is pagan in origin but was incorporated into Christianity. It is not a Jewish holiday nor is it a part of Judaism. Some non-religious Jews participate in celebrating Halloween as they view it as being a secular holiday.
Halloween originated from the Pagan holiday Samhain. It is a holiday to honor those who have died.
Samhainaphobia is the fear of Halloween. Origin: Samhain is an ancient Pagan festival of the dead who are said to walk the earth one night of the year. Today Samhain is called Halloween.
It is All Hallow's Eve, the night before All Saints' Day. The day after Halloween is called "The day of Halloweens past." I have heard this from many people and it is really com-in in Rhode Island.
Religiously observant Jews do not participate in Halloween as its origin is as a religious observance from another religion while many less observant Jews will celebrate Halloween as a completely secular event. Jews do not celebrate Christmas though as Jesus plays no role whatsoever in Judaism.
You pronounce it like "Hollow-een." So the "a" is actually pronounced as an "o." :) Have a Happy Halloween! UPDATE: The above is incorrect. The origin of "Halloween" is "All Hallows' Eve," not "All Hollows' Eve," so the correct pronunciation is "HAL-oween" (Hallow-een), not "HALL-oween" (Hollow-een).
Halloween is suspected to have a Celtic origin. Halloween has derived from the Celtic New Year's Eve concept. The day originally marked the changing of seasons and was a celebration for spirits crossing between the living world and into the world of the dead. For more information, please refer to the related link.
Halloween was not invented as such - it is a pagan festival from the Celtic Regions of Great Britain and Brittany areas that preceeded Christian beliefs. The term comes from All Hallows Eve . The phase Hallows 'Een is of Irish origin meaning Hallows Evening
Easy : Halloween = Halloween
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The difference is that the day of the dead is honoring and being joyful by remembering their dead loved ones... Halloween is how us Americans and many others celebrate candy gifts and trick-or-treating.Not a whole lot, save for the country of origin (Halloween came from Samhain, a pagan Scottish festival; The Day of the Dead came from Spain).
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