Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31 st. It is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening” also known as Allhalloween or All Saints’ Eve. Traditional activities are trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns.
Some say that the origins of Halloween can be traced back to ancient Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ. On October 31st, the Celts celebrated the day because it was when animal herders would move their animals into barns and prepare to wait out the winter. This was also the time of the crop harvests. This annual change of season and lifestyle was marked by a festival called Samhain, which means ‘end of summer.
Halloween is now celebrated by millions of people in many different countries.
By Marlon Tollefors
Student at CET Services