Halloween. ~ HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN ~. History of Halloween, like any other festival's history. It happens so gradually, spanning over so many ages, that we hardly come to know about these distortions, is being depicted here in this light.
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that we hardly come to know about these distortions, is being depicted here in this light.
may be an innocent fun to relish on the Halloween Day. But just think about a bunch of frightening fantasies and the scary stories featuring ghosts,
witches, monsters, evils, elves and animal sacrifices associated with it. They are no more innocent .
The Druid priests, used to meet every year to invoke the god Shaman and thousands of evil spirits, in order to meet predictions for next year. After the Romans conquered the territories of the Celts (Scotland, Ireland, among others) for the year 43 BC, was added to the festival of the Druids, the invocation of Pomona, Roman goddess of fruit trees and a celebration was on October 31 of each year. This mix of pagan court festivities were added a number of ways, such as campfires, have fun with fruits and gourds make faces with burning candles inside. This date also had acquired the celebration of the arrival of autumn, gradually took a sinister character. Amid the festivities, evil spirits were invoked and relied on the existence of ghosts, goblins and all kinds of demons.
Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money,
with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
In some parts of Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of trick, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story,
to earn their treats.
Origins of Jack O'Lantern
An Irish tale tells us where the origins of the name Jack o'lantern came from. There once was a man named Jack who liked to play tricks on people. He lived a long, mischievous life.
One day he tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved the image of a Holy Cross in the trunk of the tree. This trapped the Devil up the tree.
Jack made a deal with the Devil that: he would let the Devil down the tree, if the Devil promised to never tempt him again.
After Jack died, he was not permitted into Heaven because of his evil ways. He was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the Devil. The devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the freezing blackness. This flame was put inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing.
As Jack walked hisneverending journey as punishment for his trickery, he carried a burning coal insideaturnip to help him see along theroads everywhere he traveled. Soon he was known as "Jack of the lantern" or Jack O'Lantern.
In Ireland, turnips were used as their Jack's lanterns originally. However, immigrants to America, found pumpkins more plentiful than turnips. The Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember.
Masks: false faces or faces are showing what is not really a person, used to make fools laugh at the kings of Rome.
The candies are given to children when they go to the neighbors.
Other meals are typical Halloween: