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

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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’.


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.


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.


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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hi i'm from albania  and i like halloween .tomorro we are goingt to celebrate halloweeen at school with friends

hi i'm from albania.we tomorrow will celebrate the halloween

Good article, I was really surprised to know the 'name' of famous Hellowe'en Pumpkin - Jack O'Lantern. Anyway in my country this fest actually hasn't widespread except of course leasure industry where you will find all sorts of specialized Hellowe'en  parties in the end of October for sure. To me personally, I'm going to make couple of treated pumpkins at home just for child's fun.

hello,I'm from sri lanka. I was curious to know what haloween is and this audio consists much information about it.  Sri lankans don't celebrate this festival. Instead of that we celebrate new year in Aprial.It's my favourite. All of our relatives get together and celebrate this.

Thanks for very good task on Halloween. Particularly interesting to listen to the origins and traditions of Halloween!

Hello,everyone.I'm a chinese girl,it's good to discuss the one of my favorite festival with all you guys.I learned so much about Hallowe'en from this audio. Truth be told, most people in my own country didn't celebrate Hallowe'en,It's just for kids or students. There is a grand festival in China which is Spring Festival.  In that day,everyone dressed new clothes,and every house hanging the red lanterns,adults light the firecrackers to celebrate the new days coming .We usually ate dumplings at night in that day etc.Too many things about  Spring Festival,I hope all of you could visit China someday to enjoy the unique festival in the world,you will like it I promise. If you are planning to visit my country, please let me know,I would be delighted to be your free guide.

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Hi~I'm from Taiwan.
We were not celebrated Halloween quite often.
Maybe just kids will play the "trick or treat" in their school.
But Hallowenne Party getting popular in recent year.
Young people enjoy the Hallowenne Party very much.
I'm going to have a Hallowenne Party this year^^

Before I listen the hallowe'en article, i did not realize about the meaning of hallowe'en festival. Because In My country we don't celebrate it. It sounds interesting, but since i knew basically comes from pagan festival, i don't want to join in the festival anymore... 

hi, chika! my name is syifa, and i'm also from indonesia. yes we don't celebrate it, but some people did. they just take trick or treat and stuff.. my friends did, but not a full ceremony..