It is Halloween today! Some of you are now probably deciding what costume to wear, making plans for a Halloween party or choosing a neighbourhood to ask for treats. But some of you may not know the origins of this old tradition.
Halloween is the short term for All Hallows’ Evening. This holiday has its origins in an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. This festival was related to the end of the harvest season, when people took stock of suplies to prepare for the cold winter. It was believed that the boundaries between the living and the dead would merge on October 31. The deceased would come back to life and provoke prejudice, like sickness and damaged crops. Masks were worn in order to look like evil spirits and appease other supernatural creatures.
Halloween is a time to remember the dead. People who celebrate Halloween use humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. The most common traditional activites are trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving jack-o-lanterns, visiting “haunted” houses and making bonfires.
In my city, people do not give as much importance to this holiday as in other countries, such as the United States or the United Kingdom.
I collected some Halloween-themed media to inspire you for you scary evening!