Such original holiday is my favorite! And I want to tell you about it.
Halloween is the holiday of vampires, witches, ghosts and other evil spirits. Because of that children wear costumes and masks with their images. This holiday until recently wildly celebrated only in the United States and now it is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and gradually USSR. What do we know about this holiday, from where it originates? For thousand years in October, different people celebrate different holidays and festivals. Halloween-is one of the oldest festivals in the world. It`s history numbers millennium, beginning from the Celtic festival Samhejn, the Roman Day of Pomona (the goddess of plants) and Christian “Day of all sacred”. This holiday in strange way combines the Celtic Tradition of celebrating of evil ghost and the Christian-worship all sacred.
Across all Europe this night marked transition by the winter. They hold that at this time souls of the died visit the former houses to get warm at fire. They wander around, collecting donations of food and drink at other members of a family. Souls of the died could accept different appearances-malicious were installed in animals. Together with them other powers of darkness are also: demons, house, witches. All evil spirit goes down on the earth. Because of fear, people extinguished the centers in houses and dressed up as it is possible more terribly-in animal skins and heads, hoping to scare away evil ghosts.
At the end of XIX century a Halloween have tried to transform it into a public holiday, and Many superstitious traits of a Halloween were dissolved in the history.
Now Halloween is a festival that takes place on October 31. In the United States children wear costumes and masks and go trick-or-treating. Many of them carve jack-a-lantens out of pump kinds. Fortunetelling and storytelling about ghosts and witches are popular activities.
People once believed that there were many ghosts and witches on the Earth and that they met on October 31 to worship the devil. Today, people do not believe in ghosts and witches but they like to tell stories about them on Halloween.