Happy Halloween everyone!
I love this holiday so much, it is so much fun and creative. Of course I'm going to keep up with my tradition of learning about holidays. But also I have see and heard the question "What even is Halloween?" So, I decided to answer!
Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a holiday that is celebrated in many different countries all over the world. Halloween is on the same day every year, October 31st.
Halloween is the start of the triduum of allhallowtide. And if you're like me then you don't know what a triduum is or allhallowtide, so, a triduum is a 3 day religious observation, and Allhallowtide is a time to rember the dead including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.
Some believe that Halloween has pagan roots and some don't. But just to keep everything informative, Halloween has been influenced by Celtic Harvest Festivals, pagan roots, Christian roots, and Gaelic Samhain roots.
There are a few traditions during Halloween. For example jack-o'lanterns, costumes, trick-or-treating, and pranks.
Another question commonly asked during Halloween is "Where do jack-o'lanterns come from?" The short answer to that question is that jack-o'lanterns are supposed to be carried around while trick-or-treating to ward off evil spirits. There is also an Irish folktale that says jack-o'lanterns is supposed to represent a "soul who has been denied entry into both heaven and hell." In America the carving of pumpkins wasn't really associated with Halloween until the late 19th century. Dressing up didn't become popular in the U.S. until the early 20th century.
Halloween is a great time to have a party, hand out some candy to adorable kids, and play harmless pranks on friends.
What are you doing for Halloween? Let me know!