Halloween preparations are going in full swing from last few days. It is a day which is celebrated in the Western countries on 31st October every year. It is the day on which people remember their dead relatives and friends and all martyrs. It has many names also. Today, this day is celebrated all over the world in different ways.
People wear scary costumes and attend parties on this awesome day. In some parts of the world, people go to church and light candles on the graves of the dead. Let us further discuss some of the interesting facts about Halloween in detail.
15 facts about Halloween which you may not know
This festival is originally from Celtic culture. It is a day dedicated to the dead people. In many countries, people prepare the favorite cuisines of the dead relatives. They then offer the foods to the dead to placate them.
People wear scary costumes on All Saint’s Eve to prevent the bad spirits from harming the humans. According to Celtic culture, the spirits are the ones who use to roam during the festival of Samhain. Wearing scary clothes is one of the Celtic traditions which people follow today also.
Beliefs of Scottish girls
There are different beliefs in different places for Halloween. In Scotland, girls believe that if they look at the mirror at midnight of Halloween, they will see their boyfriend’s face. To see the image of a future husband, Scottish girls used to hand wet sheets near the fire.
The fact of Jack’s Lantern
There is a story behind Jack’s Lantern. Before many years, there was an old man who played tricks on devils. So, he was not allowed either in hell or heaven. The old man was sent to Earth who later misguided the people from the right paths with a lantern.
According to some studies, Halloween started somewhere in 4000 B.C. However, the exact year is still unknown but many researchers reveal that this day is celebrated from more than 6000 years.
All Hallow’s Eve
There is another interesting fact about Halloween. It is a belief that Christians made changes in the festival of Samhain during the 11th century. They made the festival of 3 days from 31st October to 2nd November. All Hallow’s Eve is the first night of Halloween.
Many people say that if a black cat crosses your path, it is bad luck. The black cat is considered to be a curse in Halloween. There is a story behind this belief. During the Medieval period, people used to believe that black cats are a form of witches and from that day, the black cats are related to bad luck.
Bad for children
Many studies reveal that on Halloween, many children were killed by car accidents in the past. These are the actual facts. This day is more dangerous for children than other days.
There are many stories of Halloween which people still believe. A story says that if you happen to see a spider on the night of Halloween, it indicates that some loved ones are watching you.
10.Largest parade on Halloween
New York City organizes the largest parade in the USA. More than 50,000 people participant take part in this parade and more than 2 million people come to see this parade.
In some parts of the world, people wear colorful costumes and entertain people by a band. The spectators will then offer them food and drinks.
Black and orange
Black and orange are the popular colors used in costumes during Halloween. Orange symbolizes the strength whereas black color symbolizes the death. So, people mainly choose these 2 colors.
During Halloween week, people bob the apples. It is one of the most popular traditions people do in many countries. It is a belief that if a young woman bobs the apple and young man catches it, they are the couple.
Owls are also the symbol of bad luck in Halloween. People still believe that owls are witches and if they call, a person will die soon.
Some other facts
During the 18th century, people in Ireland believed that the person who is able to find a diamond ring in mashed potatoes will find his/her true love.
Ways to celebrate Halloween
There are different ways in which you can celebrate this special day. Let us have a look at them.
Watching TV shows
In many parts of USA, there are special horror shows telecasted on TV to make this day more special. TV shows such as “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office” has actors dressed in Halloween costumes.
Many people play the songs of monsters and ghosts in the night parties. This music will add special scary effects on the parties.
People decorate homes with frightening themes during Halloween week. You can get a pair of scissors and colorful papers for cutting the shapes of pumpkins or apples to hang on the doors or windows.
Putting Jack’s lantern
Symbolizing evil powers, Jack’s lantern will look good in one corner of your home. You can buy a lantern from the market of any size and put some colorful decorations on it.
Serve hot food
Pumpkins and apples are popular fruits of Halloween festival. You can prepare any delicious pumpkin or apple dish and serve with apple cider. You can also sprinkle some spices on them.
Halloween is the festival of welcoming the auspicious time by warding off the evil spirits. It is the time when people remember their deceased relatives and friends. It is the time to come together and share joys and sorrows.
You can celebrate Halloween week with your family members, relatives, and neighbors with cheer and happiness. It is the time when you can enjoy music, food, costumes and lots more.