The Origin Of Halloween

October 17, 2022

The Origin Of Halloween

Spooky season is here! Halloween is one of the most well loved holidays. Everyone can participate, whether you celebrate with your family or friends, every age group can enjoy it in their own way. You can go trick-or-treating, just hang out with your friends and show off your favorite costume, or you can always just stay home and hand out candy!


Origin Of Halloween

How did this strange holiday come to be? Halloween started off as a Pagan celebration called Samhain. The Pagans believed that on the Hallow’s eve, now known as Halloween, the gate between our world and the spirit world would open. Letting in the ghost and spirits from the other side. From October 31st to November 1st, pagans would dress up as animals or monsters and leave offerings in front of their houses to trick the spirits. They did this so as to not be kidnapped by the spirits they feared. Other religions also celebrate similar holidays on this day. There is the Jewish holiday called Yom Kippur, the Mexican holiday, the day of the dead (Día de los Muertos). Both of these celebrations are a day(s) of praying and offerings for your dead ones.

Jack O' Lantern

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween classic. The tradition started from an Irish legend starring Stingy Jack. One night, Jack had invited the Devil for drinks. When it came time to pay, Jack convinced the devil to transform into a gold coin to pay for those drinks. He then proceeded to place said coin next to a cross, trapping the devil indefinitely. The devil and Jack then made a deal, Jack would release him and in exchange, the Devil would not come after Jack for a year and at the time of his death, the Devil could not bring Jack’s soul to hell. When the year passed, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing a tree. When he was at the top of the tree, Jack carved a cross into it, trapping the Devil once again. The Devil was then forced to give Jack an extra ten years. During those years, Jack passed away. God, having seen all of Jack's horrible actions, refused him entry to heaven. The Devil was still not allowed to drag him  to hell. Instead, Jack was cursed to wander the earth with only a turnip lantern at his side. People who saw his passing figure started making turnip lanterns themselves, thereby creating the tradition.

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