Halloween, also known as “Al Hollow’s Eve” is a yearly celebration on the Eve of the feast of all saints!
Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (Sow-In), when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular event characterized by activities such as trick-or-treating and costumes.
Halloween Superstitions :
Halloween was always a night filled with superstitions and magical stories related to its celtic origins that pertained the existence of ghosts and spirits , and even created a place at the table for these spirits. Halloween evolved into more of a spooky night and some of its superstitious symbols are :
Black cats!the black cat’s bad reputation dates back to the Dark Ages, when witch hunts were commonplace. Elderly, solitary women were often accused of witchcraft, and their pet cats were said to be their “familiars,” or demonic animals that had been given to them by the devil.
Pumpkin carving or Jack-o Lanterns ! carving Jack-o’-lanterns actually has its roots in a tragic fable. Celtic folklore tells the tale of a drunken farmer named Jack who tricked the devil,which resulted in him being turned away from both the gates of heaven and hell after he died. Jack made a lantern from a turnip and a burning lump of coal that the devil had tossed from hell, then used the lantern to guide his lost soul; as such, the Celts believed that making Jack-o’-lanterns and placing them outside would help guide lost spirits home when they wander the streets on Halloween.
Bats! Bats are also related to myth of witches and vampires. A folk story also says that if a bat is spotted roaming three times around a house, then it is an indication that someone in that house is soon to die!
Witches ! An old hag with grey hair and a pointy nose we today call witch used to be the Earth Goddess who was honored On samhain! Today witches make a perfect addition for Halloween decorations and costumes!
Trick or treating!
it was believed that during Samhain, the veil between our world and the spirit world was dropeed, and that the ghosts of the deceased could mingle with the living. The superstition was that the visiting ghosts could disguise themselves in human form and knock on your door during Samhain asking for money or food. If you turned them away empty-handed, you risked being cursed or haunted. Another myth says that wearing a costume would fool the evil spirits into thinking that you were one of them!
So don’t forget to light your lanterns tonight, dress up as a witch and eat plenty of candies and sweeties!
Have a Night Full of Fright!
Helwi El Hayet
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