It is probably our natural and bizarre love of the unknown that made Halloween one of the most popular holiday celebrations all over the world. Everywhere you go, on hollow’s eve different kinds of celebration are happening with one thing in common, spirits and the mystery of the unknown. Specially during the ancient times, people believed in so many different superstitious rituals that these rituals actually surrounds their daily activities.
Origin of Halloween
Back in the times of the Roman Empire they had different gods and different celebrations were held in their honor. Pomona, whom they regard as the goddess of fruit trees was celebrated on October 31. But after a while, Druids and ancient Celtic people made this celebration wider to reach the other people who did not believe in Pomona. The Druids and the Celts high priests in Britain added Samhain, lord of the dead in their celebration. They believed that on this particular night, Samhain would call all evil and condemned spirits and would put them in animals and other beings to punish them. Ancient Druids and Celts truly believed that strange and evil spirits surrounds them on this frightful night. They believed that these spirits roamed the streets. That’s why in time, they began wearing masks to hide themselves from these spirits.
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Today people celebrate the eve of Halloween or Hallows Eve on October 31 with different customs and traditions like jack o lantern, treat or trick, costume parties and many others. But somewhere in different parts and places of the world, the mystery still continues. They still believe that during this night the power of witches and warlocks are at their peak and that they come out to test their powers against each other. They also believe in the powers of different talismans, the protective powers of cats and their ability to see spirits.
In Germany, they are celebrating what is called as Walpurgisnacht which is also known as witches night. Although it is celebrated on May Day Eve, its origin and type of celebration is related to Halloween. Bonfire, elaborate masks and witches costumes also haunt this all too mysterious night.
Here are some fun facts and spooky trivia about Halloween
- Halloween was brought to the United States and the rest of North America by European immigrants. They would celebrate their good harvest around a large bonfire with stories of ghosts, spirits and the supernatural
- The fun loving people of Ireland were the ones who started the traditional Jack O’ Lanterns that we know today. They used to put candles inside pumpkins, place them on their windows and doorsteps to keep Samhain away from their houses as well as the evil and condemned spirits that he evoked.
- Halloween generates millions of dollars worth of candy sales in the United States alone. Approximately $2,000,000 worth of candy are bought and eaten in just one night.
- Halloween is the 2nd most celebrated holiday to date
- Bobbing apples is believed to have originated in the Ancient Roman Empire in honor of Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- It is believed that when you see a spider on Halloween that is supposed to be the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
- Samhainophobia is the medical term for a person who is constant fear of the Halloween celebrations. It came for the ancient Celts lord of the dead.
- None of the so-called Salem witches were actually burnt at the stake. Most of them were hanged, died in prison and pressed to death like the case of Giles Cory.
- The successful Halloween movie was made only in 21 days because of budget constraints
Now if you are still suffering from Samhainophobia better get over it because Hallows Eve is just nearby. Enjoy the night enjoy the sweets and the scary movie re-runs on TV. If you are still reluctant, better get a cat to keep you company. Just make sure you have enough candies otherwise the children are even scarier when not given candies.
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2011 Halloween Horror Nights Official TV Commercial for Universal Studios Hollywood
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