I was looking forward to Halloween. I came to know about a Halloween Costume Marathon called as CostumeDash 5k. Today, people dressed up in their Halloween attire and ran around Boston Common.
It was fun to see all the superheroes, zombies and other mythical characters run around huffing and puffing. Spot a superman, wonder woman, spartan, batman and others.
If you want to know more about Halloween, read on …
How did Halloween start?
About 2000 years ago, the Celtics (Irish, Scottish etc.) celebrated a festival called as Samhain on Nov 1st. The festival signified the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of dark and cold winter. On the night before Samhain (Oct 31st), people believed that the dead returned to the earth. They left food and wine in front of their door steps to appease the dead and keep them away. People also wore masks when they ventured out, so that they would be mistaken as fellow ghosts.
The Christian church turned Samhain (Nov 1st) into ‘All Saints Day’ or ‘All Hallows’. The night before (Oct 31st) became Hallows eve, which translated into ‘Halloween’ in the coming years.
How did trick or treating start?
Trick or treating, souling or guising originated in Medieval Britain. On ‘All Soul’s Day’ (Nov 2), the needy would beg for soul cakes (pastries). In return they would pray for the deceased in the family. In another medieval tradition called as guising, young people would dress up in costumes and ask for food, drink or money. In return they would sing or tell jokes.
In 19th century America, Irish and Scottish immigrants revived these old traditions and called it as ‘trick-or-treating.’ Until 1950s, people were tricked or pranked on Halloween. After 1950s, Halloween changed into a family friendly and kid-centered activity, where the treats flowed freely into the kids baskets.
Happy Halloween and be your best-self today!
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