Find out some more about the traditional festival of Hallowe'en.

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Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en is a popular festival in many countries all over the world, and every year it seems to get bigger. It's getting dark earlier and it's starting to get cold. Christmas is still a long way away. We need something to cheer us up and take our minds off the fact that winter is nearly here. Find out some more about the traditional festival of Hallowe'en.

The origins of the name

The festival of Hallowe'en has its roots in Celtic and Roman traditions. Over 2,000 years ago the Celts in Britain, Ireland and parts of France celebrated Samhain to mark the beginning of winter. When the Romans invaded, they merged this with Feralia, their celebration of the passing of the dead. As Christianity spread, the Church tried to replace these pagan feasts with official Church holy days. One of these was November 1. It was called All Saints Day, or "All Hallows", and October 31 was known as "All Hallows' Eve", and then Hallowe'en.

Hallowe'en traditions

In the past there was a tradition called "souling". Poor people went around houses asking for food. In exchange, they promised to say prayers for the dead. People no longer go souling, but the habit has been transformed into a modern Hallowe'en game for children in America, who dress up as ghosts, witches and monsters and go around people's houses, asking for sweets. This game is called 'Trick or Treat’.

Witches

Hallowe'en wouldn't be fun without witches. Witches have always been part of popular folklore. Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" opens with three witches. A witch was someone - usually a woman - who had special powers and had dealings with the devil. The American town, Salem, in the state of Massachusetts, is famous for the "witchcraft trials", which took place there in 1692.

Pumpkins

The pumpkin has become a symbol of Hallowe'en. People empty a pumpkin, cut a face into the side, and put a candle inside to make a lamp. It's known as a Jack-o'-lantern, from an Irish legend about a man called Jack, who made a deal with the devil.

Animals

Black cats, frogs, mice and spiders are just some of the animals associated with Hallowe'en. Generally, the more unpleasant the animal, the stronger the Hallowe'en connection. Nocturnal animals like bats are particular favourites, and if, as is the case with vampire bats, they like drinking blood, they are high on the Hallowe'en list.

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Hello everybody... In Colombia we celebrate the halloween, here you can see all the children using a disguise and sharing with their parents.. they play trick or treat on streets and malls, I think it's very funny, I really enjoy this day and when I can I use a disguise too.

Well I live in Bogota and here there aren't much festivals, but I like one that is like a "book fair", it takes place between april or may and there you can find a lot of books of all the topics, even you can find books in English so it's very cool.. besides you can find music, comics, draws, paintings... I really enjoy this fair because I love reading and this it's like a little paradise for me!!

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hello.every one .in here (china ),lots of young people still choose to live wiht their parents until they get married. this is a tradion costum.but now,mang changes.have young person move out to live on own.but in china ,house price is expensive ,so if you plan to own ,you have to be responsible for all the expenses.
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Hi!! Im Bona.

Hallowe'en is very interesting festival because I didn't know about Hallowe'en The origins of the name, Tradition, Pumpkin etc. Actually, in Korea, I never seen Hallowe'en festival, but only watching television. We have big party, it called "Chu-Seock". That's similar to "Thanksgiving Day". We celebrated to Chu-Seock with family, lots of food, lots of exciting programme.
I'll join Hallowe'en on Friday with a grotesque make-up.
hahahahahahahaha

Enjoy your Hallowe'en *****

Hi, i am from Uruguay. Here we dont celebrate Halloween as a Official festive day but it is getting more popular year by year among youngs. I dont like it because of the dark spiritual meaning i belive it has.

Halloween is not a traditional festival in my country. But today, many young people celebrate for this. It is usually on 31th, October. When I was at university, Halloween was an anual event. The people alway drew in their face or their body something were relative to ghost, vampire, mummy and more.
I think I prefer 'Tet' holiday than others. It is a sring festival which presents for almost Asian's new year. In that holiday, I can return to my hometown, take a rest with family and eat some special food. Especially, although I am mature now, I still want to receive 'lucky money' from the olders. Also, I like going to temple to pray best wishes to my family in the first day of new year.

Hello everyone. I'm from Colombia. In my country we celebrates the halloween. Its a great nigth, the kids and the adults dress up the funniest costumes and go out to ask sweets at the malls, supermarkets and houses.
The childrens go with their costumes to the school or kinder garden.

Hi!! everyone, I'm form Spain. In Spain we don't celebrate Hallowe'en, but every year more people celebrate this popular festival. I think that Hallowe'en is a fantastic festival. Besides, people of all ages can enjoy to this festival, horror tales, costumes, pumpkins lanterns, sweets, games, parties, etc., i love it.

, horror tales, costumes, pumpkins lanterns, sweets, games, and parties, I love it

Hi everybody! I'm from Venezuela. It is not common in our country to celebrate Halloween, but there are a lot of people who likes to celebrate it. Most of all kids wearing costumes playing trick or treat.. also there are private parties to celebrate Halloween and disco clubs, restaurants and shops decorated with plastic pumpkins, spiders, bats and the colours of Halloween... the tradition is to celebrate during those days "all saints" and "all deaths".
In Venezuela there is a traditional festival celebrated six weeks after Holly Week, called "The Dancing Devils of Yare". It started during XVIII century and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It's very colourful and animated.

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