While Halloween day is just a few days away, let’s share some interesting facts and fables about Halloween which is also known as All Halloween or All Hallow’s eve. It was earlier celebrated as All Saints Eve as well. Halloween Day is celebrated every year to mark the eve when ghosts and goblins are believed to be active. However the spice of humor and fun has merged with the celebration and it has become a popular day of kids and youngsters too as they make merry by donning Halloween costumes and masks, setting Jack O’ lanterns at windows, other ghoulish decorations and exchanging special spooky Halloween gifts for this haunting festival.

It is celebrated in a large number of countries and mostly in the western world on the 31st of October. The day when this ghostly eve is celebrated also marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.

Origin and Meaning of Halloween

Origin and Meaning of Halloween

History of Halloween dates back to Middle Ages, almost 2000 years ago. The literal meaning of Halloween is the evening before the All Hallows or All Saints day which is a catholic day that celebrates spirits of martyrs and Christian saints. The All Saints day in Christianity is observed on 1st of November and hence the Halloweens day falls on 31st October. As observed for worshipping and remembering spirits of saints, the day was gradually commemorated by wearing ghostly costumes and masks.

There are also strong references of Halloween day having an association with the Samhain or End of Summer celebration basically belonging to Ireland and Scotland. It is said that Halloween celebrations were entered into the United States only in the 1900s.

Celebrating Halloween and Jack O’ Lanterns

Celebrating Halloween and Jack O’ Lanterns

The celebration of Halloween has its roots in pagan religion which celebrates ghosts and spirits. The day is later associated with Christian religion’s All saints day.

Celebrating Halloweens Day is lot more than just candies and costumes. Celebrate this Halloween with the latest collection of Halloween Gifts UK. Carving out Pumpkins after making it hollow and putting an led light inside it create the Jack O’ Lanterns to hang at the windows or anywhere in the house you want. The carved lanterns symbolize the spirits and also lighten up the house in spooky decoration. The folklores belong to Ireland where turnip was carved and made into a replica of ghostly faces. However, the same tradition traveled to US where pumpkins replaced turnips and potatoes of Ireland. Carved pumpkins in the History of Halloween have their origin in Irish folklore which beliefs a man called Stingy Jack whose spirit is roaming the earth with a coal in a carved turnip after he was denied a place in hell as well heaven.

The Jack O’Lanterns or carved and lighted pumpkins have become an integral part of Halloween festivities. In modern days, this day of superstition and spirits is continued and is celebrated by throwing Halloween parties, Halloween costume parties, by feasting on Halloween cookies and candies and gifting dear ones with Halloween gifts too. Halloween costumes, masks, balloons and cut out cakes and cookies and Halloween flower baskets are widely shopped and gifted all over the world on this day.

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