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The History and Origins of the October 31 Halloween Celebration

  Halloween celebration is a celebration held by people around the world on October 31 every year.

 At Halloween, people usually wear scary costumes.

 In addition, Halloween celebrations are also synonymous with lanterns from pumpkins that are hollowed out to form the face of Jack O'Lantern.

 What is Halloween day?

  The Origin of Halloween

 Reporting from History, Halloween comes from the festival of the ancient Celts, namely the festival of Samhain.

 The Celts who lived about 2,000 years ago celebrated their new year on November 1.

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 They believe that on the eve of the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead becomes blurred.

 Halloween every October 31

 Therefore, on the night of October 31 they celebrate Samhain, when it is believed that the spirits of the dead return to earth.

 In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, the presence of spirits from another world was said to help Celtic priests predict the future.

 To commemorate the event, Celtic priests would make large bonfires, where people would gather to burn plants and animals as offerings to their gods.

 During the celebrations, they wear costumes, which are usually animal heads and skins, to ward off ghosts.

 After the festivities ended, the Celts would rekindle their fireplaces to protect them during the coming winter.

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 Origin of the word halloween

 In the 7th century AD, the Roman Catholic Church changed All Saints Day or All Hallows, the day the church's saints celebrate, to November 1.

 This means All Hallows night falls on October 31st.  Two centuries later, the influence of Christianity had spread to Celtic lands, which still maintain the Festival of Samhain.

 The All Hallows night celebration is similar to the Samhain Festival, with a large bonfire, parade, and costumes as angels or demons.

 The celebration, which was previously known as All Hallows Eve, is now known as Halloween.

 Jack O Lantern, symbols and halloween traditions

 In general, Halloween is symbolized by a pumpkin shaped like a scary face.

 The character is called Jack O'Lantern.

 Jack O'Lantern is a spirit who roams carrying a lantern because he managed to trick the devil into not being put into hell.

 However, he was not allowed to enter heaven because of his sins.

 The legend is represented as a spooky pumpkin placed in front of the house.

 Black cat costume

 In addition, black cat costumes are also very popular during Halloween celebrations.

 Black cats are often depicted as a family of witches, where these witches turn into black cats to hide themselves.

 Another tradition in celebrating Halloween is trick or treat.

 Trick or treat is celebrated with a scary costume, which is done while carrying a pumpkin to a neighbor's house to ask for a favor while shouting "Trick or Treat".

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