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WHY DO WE CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN ?

There are a few things that come to mind when we think of Halloween: dressing up in costumes, carving jack-o'-lanterns, and of course, consuming lots and lots of candy. Although it's fun to dress in disguise and collect treats, there's much to know about the history of Halloween.




The history of the holiday goes back many, many years—and it's even more wicked than you might think. Here's a rundown on how Halloween came to be.


Halloween falls on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on this day. It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but (more importantly) observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead. This belief is shared by some other cultures; a similar idea is mentioned around the holiday of Yom Kippur in Judaism(religion of Jews) which also typically occurs in October and involves saying prayers for the dead.


The Famine That Gifted a Festival

Halloween used to be a European celebration until the Great Irish Potato Famine devastated civilization in the Great Britain, specially in Ireland.

This Famine forced the Irish people to move toward the countries like England, Scotland, South Wales, North America, and Australia. Now humans carry their culture wherever they go. Same was the case with the Irish people, the festival became more recognized all over the world and it started to gain popularity.


-Harsh Singh

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