It’s Halloween Time!

Halloween is celebrated on 31st October every year. This is the modern name of an ancient Celtic holiday ‘Samhain’. People celebrate Halloween as a spiritual beginning of a new year. The various activities done in Halloween are mostly associated with the idea to obtain good fortune.

Ancient people believed that ghosts came back to earth on this day. It is said that on this day, the spirits of the dead come back to earth in search of living bodies to possess for the next year and try to return to the homes where they were living. So to appease these spirits, people offer them fruits and nuts. If the spirits are not pleased, it is feared that the spirits would kill the people or destroy their property.

Halloween costumes are traditionally related to ghosts, skeletons and devils. Black and Orange are the colours for this day. The Jack-o-lantern is the festival light for Halloween. Pumpkin is a good substitute of the turnip, to be used as Jack-o-lantern. People usually celebrate this day by throwing a party dressed in Halloween costumes, do bonfires, tell and read scary stories about witches, skeletons, bats and ghosts and watch horror movies.

Here’s wishing you all a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Quick Facts» Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
» Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years
» Ringing a bell on this day scares evil spirits away

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