The true origin of a world-wide holiday.
October 29, 2021
Halloween is just around the corner, and many people, including me, are beyond excited for it. But what I have been noticing is that many people do not know Halloween’s backstory, and that we are not the only country that celebrates it. Many other countries do, such as Canada, Ireland, China, Greece, Australia, and many others. So, in this article I will be informing you about the backstory of Halloween, and how other countries celebrate it!
So, to start off I want to talk about Halloween’s backstory. Halloween started about 2,000 years ago in the ancient Celtic Festival of Samhain. Halloween is now a fun night where you can dress up and get candy, but 2,000 years ago, it was a ritual. The Celtics marked Halloween as the end of the Fall equinox and the beginning of the Winter Solstice. The Celtics spun a huge wheel that represented the sun to create enough friction to start a fire. Then, they would sacrifice cattle in the fire. After the sacrifices, the Celtic people would take a torch and light them with the fire from the bonfire and bring it back to their homes. Celtic legends said that on Halloween, the dead returned to earth. So, they lit these bonfires to keep the dead away. The Celtics would do this for three nights in a row. The Celtics had to participate in the event, or they would be burnt in the fire.
Now I want to talk about how Halloween is celebrated in different countries. Celebrating Halloween in the U.S. is much more different than how other countries celebrate it. In the U.S., we decorate our house with spooky objects, like purple, orange and green decorations, pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs, and other spooky things. There is pumpkin patches and haunted houses, and we also dress up in costumes on Halloween night and go Trick or Treating. Halloween in Canada is pretty much the same, they decorate and dress up. But Canada has a festival called the Ancient Celtic Harvest. They harvest things such as apples, pumpkins, squash, and other fall foods. Canada has a thing called Zombie Walks, where on Halloween, big groups of people dress up as zombies and roam their neighborhood. Halloween in China is celebrated much differently. First, they do not call it Halloween, they call it 亡灵节, or Day of the Dead. However, in Western China, it’s called Halloween. Western China decorates with pumpkins and Halloween parties or celebrated in classrooms throughout. Also, it is very common for people to host masquerade balls on Halloween night, where people dress up in fancy dresses and masks. In China, people think Day of the Dead is the day where the spiritual energies are strongest, and they use this to try to honor and celebrates the ones who have passed.