Find out some more about the traditional festival of Halloween.

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Halloween 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 Halloween.

The origins of the name

The festival of Halloween 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 1 November. It was called All Saints Day, or 'All Hallows', and 31 October was known as 'All Hallows' Eve', and then Halloween.

Halloween 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 Halloween game for children in the US, 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

Halloween 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 Halloween. 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 Halloween. Generally, the more unpleasant the animal, the stronger the Halloween 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 Halloween list.

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Hello.I'm from Azerbaijan.But in Azerbaijan doesn't celebrate Halloween.I love halloween
 

think of mine i don't love it or like it

hello maryusa :
for what do you want celebrate halloween . you have the great nowrooz celebrate .
araz from tabriz

Hi everybody, I'm from Hungary and the Halloween celebrating is getting spread very fast in my country. Almost past ten years related to that holiday the number of pumpkins festival is grown. Besides, much more holiday have been implemented from USA.
Viktória

I'm from Mexico and we do celebrate Halloween actually is very interesting .People set offers to their dead relatives in these offers people place   food their relative used to like .halloween is a huge Holliday

Hello, I'm from Indonesia. I think it's cool. Because in my country, everyone not do it :) And i know Hallowe'en filled with mistic's story and trick or treat  :D hahaha
And a pumpkin with scared face ~Jack O'Lantern  O.o" 

I am from bangladesh. i ve heard about halloween.but here in Bangladesh halloween isn't celebrated..it sounds fun to wear wired costumes and go for "trick n treat"...WOW amazing...i wish i could go there n celebrate halloween...

¿Day and night, light and darkness, passing of the death or getting the eternity? All human feelings are connected and from them we can get lots of wishes. Cheer us up is maybe the most important thing and for this  is very necessary to take our sadness and doubts away. Mainly if we regard death or eternity as facts of our faith it might determinate the way we celebrate our life like it were a true party. 

Hello,everyone,I am from China.And I am pursuing a bachelor in Zhejiang University.Last year I made a Pumpkin by myself to celebrate Halloween.

Hi ı am from turkey.ı wish to hallowen is celebrated in our country because it obviously seems so exciting.But our feasts are very enjoyable too.Maybe ı might go to US or England and the will celebrate the hallowen,wont ı?
 

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