Halloween 2022 Date, Ritual, Facts, History Origin

Halloween is defined by mystery, magic, superstition, horror, and everything frightening! This time of year gives us the chills. Halloween is a holiday to memorialise the deceased spirits, not to mention the young kids who hang around your house dressed as vampires or ghosts.

Every year on October 31, Halloween is observed worldwide. Even though this day only recently become significant in India, it is a massive occasion in the western world. The holiday is currently observed primarily as an excuse for a frightening social gathering.

Various Ritual On Halloween Day

Helloween Ritual

The connection between Halloween and remembering the deceased persisted throughout Old England and Ireland. They used to bring out food offerings, dress up in frightful costumes, and trade them for snacks to appease the ravenous ghosts. This custom, known as “mumming,” was similar to trick-or-treating in modern times.

The first Halloween-themed festivities were primarily celebrated in the American colonies in the south. They used to tell ghost tales, predict each other’s futures, and celebrate the harvest together. They were referred to as “play parties.”

Another eerie ritual practiced at the period involved the ladies who used to engage in rituals in an effort to locate husbands for themselves. They used to carry apple peels on their shoulders, and when they dropped, they would check for the initials of their future spouses formed on the peels.

To believe that the person who eats an apple first would get married first, they also used to compete in apple-eating events during the season. And the spookiest ceremony they performed involved standing in a dark room with a candle in front of a mirror in the hope that they would be able to see their future husband’s reflection.

By the turn of the nineteenth century, Halloween customs had improved and become more secure. They used to host Halloween parties, play games, and organize social gatherings.

Trick-or-treating started in the 1950s. The celebration rose in stature across the country. The National Retail Federation reports that today, 179 million Americans celebrated Halloween by spending $9.1 billion on candy, decorations, and costumes!

Holloween Day Fact

Even though Halloween is enthusiastically observed throughout America and now the entire world, the day is still not recognized as a national holiday. On this day, businesses and organizations are open as usual. Here is Some unknown fact about Holloween Day:

halloween Facts

:- The famous White House of the United States is haunted.

:- trick-or-treating was developed out of a ritual called ‘souling’, where poor children would go and beg for food or money that they offered for the souls of the dead. This ritual was called ‘souling’.

:- jack-O-Lanterns are associated with an Irish legend of Stingy Jack.

:- Stephen Clarke set a Guinness World Record by carving a pumpkin in 16.47 seconds.

:- Candy was not given to trick-or-treaters before the 1950s.

:- Skittles ranks as the favorite candy of Americans and candy corn is the least favorite.

:- Candy corn was initially called “chicken feed”.

:- Halloween phobia is called ‘Samhainophobia’, which means fear of Halloween.

:- Some places call the night before Halloween the mischievous night.

:- The Haunted Cave is the world’s longest haunted house, measuring a total of 3,564 feet long.

Helloween Interesting History By Origin

You were wrong about how fascinating and terrifying Halloween’s history is! There are many legends associated with it, so let’s go back in time and examine the background of this eerie celebration!

Helloween History

Celtic Origin

One of the most popular myths about Halloween is that it originated 2000 years ago when the Celts held a festival named Samhain to mark the end of the harvest season and the start of a new year. Large bonfires were also lit by them in order to speak with the dead. They believed that at this time of year, they could readily communicate with them.

Spiritual background

The Celts believed that because they could communicate with the dead, they could readily anticipate what would happen in the future and the events that would take place. The villagers sacrificed crops and animals while going to the bonfires dressed in animal skin and heads.

Association with Bats

Halloween comes to mind when we talk about bats, but there is also a historical significance. The Celtic people used to light bonfires during the Samhain holiday, which attracted bugs. This used to in turn draw bats to consume the bugs. Several years later, bats came to symbolize death and doom. A bat landing in your home is thought to portend the death of the man of the family, while a bat flying over your home is thought to portend the death of the lady.

Roman Origin

By 43 AD, the Romans had subdued the Celts, and in October they began their own autumnal celebrations. The Feralia was the place where they used to pay respect to the deceased. A celebration known as Pomona was held in remembrance of the Roman Goddess of fruits and trees. This is where the tradition of utilizing apples at Halloween originated.

The Christians

The Christian popes attempted to move Halloween a little bit further afield a couple of decades later. They attempted to supplant the paganic Samhain holiday with their own celebrations. By the year 1000 AD, “All Saints’ Day,” observed on November 2, had taken its place. It designated the day for memorial prayers. As All Hallows was observed on November 1 in remembrance of the saints, October 31 became known as All Hallows’ Eve and was thereafter known as Halloween.

I wish you all a very happy and spooky Halloween! Don’t forget to return home today with lots of sweets!