The Halloween is coming soon, which is a traditional festival of many countries. It also called All Saint’s Day and we celebrate on the annual October 31st. What comes in mind at first of this day is the ghosts, vampires and the pumpkin head around in the street or in front of people’s house.
Most people will decorate their house with different sorts of stuffs related to Halloween before that day to enhance the frightening atmosphere. Actually, Halloween is a festival that celebrates the fall, just like the May festival celebrates the Spring. So what funny activities or goods will offer at Halloween in 2018?
The History and Customs of Halloween
Before we get into the Halloween, let’s know more about its history. How much do you know about the Halloween? Trick-or-treating game or just several large pumpkins hanging on the eaves?
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
The Origin of Jack-O’-Lantern
Pumpkin lantern or Jack-O’-Lantern is always the first impression when people talking about the Halloween. But do you know why it is called Jack-O’-Lantern? It originated in Ireland, a long time ago, there was a man called Jack and who is a drunkard loves pranks.
On the day of Halloween, he trapped a devil on a tree, and he refused to let the devil down until the demon promised that he would never let him down in hell. After Jack died, he could not go to heaven because of he did not believe in God.
At the same time, he could not go to hell as well because of the devil had promised him. For help Jack to find the way back to the human world, the devil gave him a piece of burning charcoal. Jack put it in a lantern he carved with a large carrot.
This carrot with burning charcoal was the first Jack-O’-Lantern, but this lantern never helped him find out the way to the human being he wanted, so he always wandered with lanterns.
The ancient radish lamp has evolved to this day, it is the Jack-O’-Lantern made of pumpkin. It is said that the Irish arrived in the United States soon, that is, pumpkins are superior to radishes in terms of source and carving, so pumpkins become the material of Halloween.
An interesting part of Halloween is Trick-or-Treat, which is not from Ireland, but from the European Christian Church in the ninth century. At the time of November 2, it was called “All Souls Day” by Christians.
On this day, believers trudge through the remote countryside, begging from door to door for “Soul Cakes” made of flour and raisins. It is said that the people who donate the cakes believe in the prayers of the church monks, and expect to receive the protection of God from this, so that the dead relatives can enter heaven as soon as possible.
The tradition of begging from house to house has evolved into a game in which children carry pumpkin lanterns and ask for sugar from their neighbors.
When they met, the children dressed as ghosts and elves will be threatened with the words “Trick or treat”. The house owner naturally does not dare to neglect and put some candy and sugars into the children’s pockets.
If someone refuses to give candy, the children will be very angry and punish you in various ways, such as dumping garbage in your home, etc., to punish you until you are willing to give them candy.
Why do we pretend to be a ghost on Halloween?
Though it’s arguably one of the best parts of Halloween, admit it: You probably don’t know why people dress up for Halloween. While the tradition is amusing it’s definitely a bit strange.
Apparently, besides utilizing a few colors, there’s no other holiday we so fully change our attire for, to the point where we’re pretending to be someone (or something) we’re not. In fact, if you sit back and think hard about it, Halloween is a pretty ridiculous holiday. Perhaps that’s why so many people simply can’t wait for the season to get started.
In the 5 century BC, the Celts who lived in Ireland at the time set the date of October 31st as the end of summer, which also symbolized the end of the year.
They believed that on the eve of the alternation of old and new years, all the laws of time and space would be suspended. The gates of the spiritual world will open at this party, so that all the ghosts will take the opportunity to walk around the world and find suitable substitutes everywhere, so as to be able to regenerate.
Therefore, the Celtics are afraid to become the target of ghosts, so they extinguish the fire in the house that night, and pretend that no one is at home. At the same time, wear a terrible mask and dress up as a ghost to walk along the street to create a noisy atmosphere to drive away those ghosts.
The Romans celebrated the harvest festival combined with the Celtic rituals, wearing terrible masks, dressed as animals or ghosts, in order to drive away the demons that wandered around them. This is why most people around the world today celebrate the origins of Halloween with an eccentric dress.
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How people celebrate Halloween around the world
While dressing up like a child from a smash Netflix show, eating orange tooth-shaped “corn” candy and having meltdowns in haunted houses may seem like universal Halloween experiences, the world celebrates the holiday very differently than Americans — if they even celebrate it at all. How to spend this festival in different countries?
SAMHAIN IN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND
Ireland is considered the birthplace of modern Halloween with its origins stemming from ancient Celtic and Pagan rituals and a festival called Samhain, or Samhuinn (end of the light half of the year), that took place thousands of years ago.
Today, both Ireland and Scotland celebrate Halloween with bonfires, games, and traditional foods like barmbrack, an Irish fruitcake that contains coins, buttons, and rings for fortunetelling. For example, rings mean marriage, while coins mean wealth in the upcoming year.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS IN MEXICO
In Mexico, the people celebrate the Day of the Dead (DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS) to honor those who have passed away. It is believed that the Gates of Heaven open up at midnight on October 31 and the souls of children return to Earth to be reunited with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the souls of adults come down from heaven to join in the festivities.
The holiday is celebrated with in-home altars full of fruit, peanuts, turkey, soda, hot chocolate, water, stacks of tortillas and a special holiday bread called pan de muerto (bread of the dead), which are left as offerings for weary ghosts. For the souls of children, families leave out toys and candy, while adult souls receive cigarettes and shots of mezcal.
KAWASAKI HALLOWEEN PARADE
At the end of every October for the past 21 years, nearly 4000 costumed Halloween enthusiasts from all around the world have gathered in Kawasaki, just outside Tokyo, for the Kawasaki Halloween Parade, which is the biggest parade of its kind in Japan.
However, not everyone can simply join in the festivities. The Kawasaki Halloween Parade has strict guidelines and standards, so you have to apply for entry two months before the parade begins.
What are the special things for Halloween
Except for the regular celebrations, some popular retailers have launched new product relative to the Halloween, such as Nike. The Off-White x Nike Blazer “All Hallows Eve” is one of two spooky colorways of the Virgil Abloh-designed sneaker.
The reimagined construction of the classic Blazer that Abloh first debuted in “The Ten” collection in 2017 was back for Halloween 2018.
For the “All Hallows Eve” edition, the Blazer was given a ghostly cream hue across the leather and translucent upper with the oversized Swooshes in orange. Green detailing, Abloh’s signature bold branding text in black, and light blue zip ties complete the Halloween-themed shoe.
The Off-White x Nike Blazer “All Hallows Eve” released alongside the “Grim Reaper” colorway. Each colorway was released in very limited quantities in October 2018 and are now among the most sought-after models in the ongoing collaboration between Abloh and Nike.
Games in Halloween Style
Reddit users have also exposed the new clothes and accessories of PUBG for Halloween. We can know from the video that PUBG new fashions will be launched on Halloween, including pumpkin heads, nurse costumes, and clown skins.
It is expected to be obtained from time-limited skin boxes or participating in activities. Little bit scary while playing the game, isn’t it?
In addition to the PUBG, some other games will launch the new clothes or activities to enhance the atmosphere of horrible Halloween. Such as League of Legend, Overwatch and so on.
When it comes to Halloween, how can you lose a horror movie? After 40 years, did you still remember the terror of Halloween, which is a 1978 American slasher film. Now, in 2018, Halloween is back, Halloween Returns is the sequel of Halloween, which was in cinema on 19th October.
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. So, this time, can she escape from the haunting? Let’s enjoy the movie at Halloween’s Eve.