Thursday, October 31, 2013

TriCK oR TReaT

History of Halloween

Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31.  The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows' Evening also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). 

The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, "Trick or treat?" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

I have my treats all already... 
Do you?
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9 comments:

Awesome Needles said...

thank you for the explain, i understand the party any more. regards
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Cardygirl said...

Nice little history...happy Halloween to you!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

That was a great explanation..thanks Chez...

shez said...

happy halloween my friend,have fun with the spooks tonight.xx

chrissies said...

Happy Halloween to you.

I do have treats ready but I fear they will still be there after the night is over as last year no children in our area called at all-they all go to organised Halloween parties in town.

Chrissie x

Helen said...

Happy Halloween great little article.

kiwikid said...

We have treats too but no children in the street either, ah well will just have to eat them myself!! Is interesting that the article says Halloween was taken to NZ as it wasn't celebrated when I was young, but is a lot now! Things change huh!
Happy Halloween!

Lesleyanne Smith said...

Happy Halloween. Here in Poland the children dont come knocking at the door but we are planning on carving a pumpkin tonight. :)

Too many eggs said...

We had treats but no trick or treaters , looks like we will have to eat the treats.......

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