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Halloween, All Saints’ Eve or All Hallow’s Eve
Also known as Halloween, All Saints’ Eve or All Hallow’s Eve is a celebration that is becoming more and more widespread in the Western world, since behind it lies a history that is more than 3,000 years old.
Children dress up and go out into the streets, decorated with pumpkins, in search of candies, sweets or any type of sweet with the phrase “trick or treat”, while joy invades families and groups of friends who want to have a good time. little while.
Where does the celebration of Halloween originate from?
The now called Halloween night has its origin in the Celtic world, specifically in the pagan festival known as Samhain, which also symbolized the new year in Celtic culture.
Its origins go back to Ireland more than 3,000 years ago, since, coinciding with the autumn solstice, the peasants celebrated the end of the season in the belief that during that precise night, that of October 31, the spirits walked among the alive.
According to legends, the spirits could cross the line that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead, since it narrowed that night.
What is celebrated on Halloween?
One form of protection to ward off evil spirits was to light bonfires or use masks and costumes to drive them away and avoid being recognized. Also, place bones, skulls or any other object related to death in the houses.
As the good spirits could also cross over to the world of the living, on the night of October 31, many of the relatives began to organize banquets and candles, which were replaced by illuminated gourds, to the graves to facilitate communication with the deceased.