HAPPY HALLOWEEN !
Halloween is celebrated on October 31. Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals held in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The evening before All Saints ‘Day was known as All Hallows ‘Eve and later Halloween. It marked the end of the old Celtic Year and the beginning of the New Year. The Celts celebrated Samhain. During this night, it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. All the hearth fires were quenched and people would gather around huge bonfires. They wore costumes to frighten evil spirits. During the years 1845-1851, the Potato Famine hit Ireland and many Irish fled to the United States. They brought their Halloween customs with them.
It is still a huge event in Britain, Ireland, United States and Canada. Children dress up and go trick or treating. People who want to participate decorate their doors with cobwebs, skeletons and Jack-o-Lanterns.
This legend comes from an Irish myth. Jack was a mean yet shrewd blacksmith. One night, as he was in a tavern, he met the Devil. He tricked the Devil. When he died on Hallows’ Eve, he could not enter Heaven or Hell. He was forced to wander in total darkness for eternity. The devil gave him a red-hot coal. Jack placed it in a carved turnip and used it as a lantern to light his way.
There are various symbols such as witches, ghosts, werewolves, mummies, zombies, skeletons, cemeteries and haunted houses associated with Halloween. Black and orange are the common colours. Animals linked with Halloween are black cats, spiders and bats.
- Make a lantern: carve a pumpkin and cut out the mouth and the eyes
- Dress up as a witch, a werewolf, a zombie, a skeleton, a mummy or a ghost
- Go trick or treating
- Play apple bobbing. Fill a large washtub with water and put apples in it. Kids have to take the apples out of the tub only with their mouths without using hands.
- Watch a horror film
- Cook some pumpkin soup
Have fun and Happy Halloween !