It Is Time For All Hallow's Eve Again

by WriterArtist

World’s popular festival ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ is here to delight, scare and have fun with family and kids. Kids and adults find this funky fun filled festival exciting and engaging.

HALLOWEEN is called by various names All Hallows eve, All Hallows Evening and All Saints Eve in its versatile form of celebrations. Halloween is celebrated on 31st October all over the world. This day is the eve of Western Christian feast of all Hallows day. As prevalent in other religions of the world, this festival is dedicated for remembering the dead, Saints, Martyrs and departed souls yet to reach heaven. The Halloween is observed on the eve of the All saints day 1st November and All Souls Day 2nd November. It was believed that spirits from the other world could visit the world of the living on the night of October 31 every year. These three days are collectively called Allhallowtide.

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Evolution of Hallows Eve

Coming to the significance of the Halloween timing, it is necessary to look into many influences in its history. As per one theory, Halloween traditions were influenced by harvest festivals of Celtic people, particularly the Samhain festival of Gaelic people. Some also suggest that Samhain may have been Christianized as All Hallow's Day, along with its eve, by the Church. Some academics also believe Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, being the vigil of All Hallow's Day celebrated in Ireland and Scotland for centuries.

Celtic and Samhain Influence

Considering all the above, it would not be wrong to conclude that Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. Irish and  Scottish migrants brought many Halloween customs to North America in the 19th century, and then through American influence, Halloween spread to other countries by the late 20th and early 21st century. Halloween is now celebrated in many countries like USA, Canada, Mexico, Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Poland, Serbia, Romania and Netherlands.

India celebrates Halloween festival

It is beginning to be observed in India also of late. Russia does not celebrate Halloween, since it is felt by politicians and religious groups that it goes against their Christian and cultural values and traditions. In USA, Halloween Originally confined to the Irish & Scottish immigrant communities, got gradually assimilated into mainstream society and celebrated across the length and breadth and by people of all social, racial, and religious backgrounds by the beginning of y 20th century.

Grand Celebration in Halloween Capital

Anoka, Minnesota calls itself The Halloween Capital of the World.
It is one of the first cities in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration that discourages people from playing tricks or causing trouble. In 1920, a weeklong celebration was started in Anoka in an effort to take the trick out of trick-or-treat. The Grand Day Parade includes a Mass Band, made up of bands from four high schools. Another featured event is the Gray Ghost 5K Run, inspired by sightings of Bill Andberg, a marathon runner in his 70s whose gray-clad ghostly figure can often be seen running through a local cemetery. There are many competitions during the week, including a pumpkin bake-off and one for best Halloween house decorations. Most participants wear their Halloween costumes.

Updated: 08/20/2022, WriterArtist
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DerdriuMarriner on 08/25/2022

WriterArtist, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.

In particular, I appreciate the hand ring and jewelry holder stand even as I prefer it as non-skeletal. Your product range is not scary, which I prefer since I concentrate on All Saints and All Souls Days and on Thanksgiving. The latter three seem more in line with cultural, religious and spiritual traditions and values.

Would you happen to know what essential oil is in the Popeoiuh dispenser?

frankbeswick on 08/21/2022

The Catholic Church put its feasts on pagan festival days so that they could blend the Christian sacred year with the pagan one. Hence all halĺows (all saints) day was put on Samhalin (pronounced sow en).

Veronica on 08/20/2022

I think that as belief in religion fades, people still seem to have a need to acknowledge their old traditions and also to celebrate something before the cold winters. Plus of course, there is a lot of money to be made by businesses for Halloween. We do not do much for Halloween.

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