Halloween is a festival that is celebrated every year on October 31. This year’s Halloween festival (October 31) falls on Sunday.
If you have ever wondered why is Halloween celebrated on October 31, scroll down as we have shared it in our article below!
It is believed by historians, that the origin of the Halloween celebration dates back to an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain wherein people lit bonfires and wear spooky costumes in order to keep away the ghosts.
Back in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III called November 1 the date to honor all saints. The day came to be known as All Saints Day, which incorporated some traditions of Samhain.
Halloween Celebration and its Importance
The evening (night) before All Saints Day was then referred to as All Hallows Eve and later it came to be known as Halloween.
Well, we have holidays which we usually have on a particular day of the week or month and not some date like Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day. However, Halloween is one of those festivals which is celebrated every year on the 31st of October only.
Why is Halloween celebrated on October 31 every year?
You might be thinking why is it celebrated on October 31?
On the night of October 31st, the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain was celebrated in the belief that the ghosts of the dead returned to the world. As such Halloween started to be celebrated on October 31 every year.
Halloween means nothing but holy evening or All Saints Day. This festival dates back to 2000 years. In some European countries, Halloween is celebrated on the last day of harvest.
Well, Halloween has different beliefs with respect to its origin. It is believed by a few historians to be related to the harvest festival, ‘Samhain’ which means the end of summer.
While few others believe that Halloween is celebrated to stop the dead from coming back to life and destroying the crops. As such, people try to please the holy spirits by lighting bonfires to save their crops for winters.
Back in the 16th century, some European countries followed a custom as per which they used to knock on people’s doors and say ‘trick or treat’. Their belief was that people used to dress up in spooky costumes in order to save themselves from the holy spirits.
Let us know more about Halloween Festival Celebrations
Halloween festival marks the difference between summer and winter as well as living and dead. On Halloween in a few places, people go to church and lit candles in order to pray for the dead.
Speaking about the celebration, Halloween was usually celebrated by carving pumpkins, donning spooky costumes, watching horror movies, and more. However, things gradually changed over time which even changed the way Halloween is celebrated.
Today, Halloween is celebrated by throwing parties, having festive gatherings, inviting for dinner, preparing spooky appetizers, organizing Halloween theme-related fun activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, etc.
So, are you also one of those who are excited about celebrating the Halloween festival? Do share with us your spooky Halloween plans! Stay connected!