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Etymology The word appears as the title of Robert Burns ' " Halloween "a poem traditionally recited by Scots The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about  and is of Christian origin.
Over time, All Hallow s E v en evolved into Hallowe'en. Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countriessome of which are believed to have pagan roots. For the Celts, the day ended and began at sunset; thus the festival began on the evening before 7 November by modern reckoning the half point between equinox and solstice.
The names have been used by historians to refer to Celtic Halloween customs up until the 19th century,  and are still the Gaelic and Welsh names for Halloween. Snap-Apple Night, painted by Daniel Maclise inshows people feasting and playing divination games on Halloween in Ireland.
After this the eating, drinking, and games would begin".
They included apple bobbingnut roasting, scrying or mirror-gazing, pouring molten lead or egg whites into water, dream interpretationand others. Their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers, and were also used for divination.
Impersonating these beings, or wearing a disguise, was also believed to protect oneself from them. If the household donated food it could expect good fortune from the 'Muck Olla'; not doing so would bring misfortune. Marian McNeill suggests the ancient festival included people in costume representing the spirits, and that faces were marked or blackened with ashes taken from the sacred bonfire.
However, in the Celtic-speaking regions they were "particularly appropriate to a night upon which supernatural beings were said to be abroad and could be imitated or warded off by human wanderers". Wearing costumes and playing pranks at Halloween spread to England in the 20th century.
In the 20th century they spread to other parts of England and became generally known as jack-o'-lanterns.
Commemorations of all saints and martyrs were held by several churches on various dates, mostly in springtime. This was the same date as Lemuriaan ancient Roman festival of the dead, and the same date as the commemoration of all saints in Edessa in the time of Ephrem.
By the end of the 12th century they had become holy days of obligation across Europe and involved such traditions as ringing church bells for the souls in purgatory. In addition, "it was customary for criers dressed in black to parade the streets, ringing a bell of mournful sound and calling on all good Christians to remember the poor souls.
In order to avoid being recognized by any soul that might be seeking such vengeance, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities". These were known as "soul lights". But, all the while, the danse macabre urged them not to forget the end of all earthly things.
Thus, for some Nonconformist Protestantsthe theology of All Hallows' Eve was redefined; without the doctrine of purgatory, "the returning souls cannot be journeying from Purgatory on their way to Heaven, as Catholics frequently believe and assert.
Instead, the so-called ghosts are thought to be in actuality evil spirits. As such they are threatening. One held a bunch of burning straw on a pitchfork while the rest knelt around him in a circle, praying for the souls of relatives and friends until the flames went out.
This was known as teen'lay. Huesos de Santo and put them on the graves of the churchyarda practice that continues to this day.
Lesley Bannatyne and Cindy Ott both write that Anglican colonists in the Southern United States and Catholic colonists in Maryland "recognized All Hallow's Eve in their church calendars",   although the Puritans of New England maintained strong opposition to the holiday, along with other traditional celebrations of the established Church, including Christmas.
Candles that had been blessed were placed on graves, and families sometimes spent the entire night at the graveside". Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time.
Jack-o'-lanterns are traditionally carried by guisers on All Hallows' Eve in order to frighten evil spirits.
A quick-thinking Jack etches the sign of the cross into the bark, thus trapping the Devil. Jack strikes a bargain that Satan can never claim his soul.
After a life of sindrinkand mendacity, Jack is refused entry to heaven when he dies. Keeping his promise, the Devil refuses to let Jack into hell and throws a live coal straight from the fires of hell at him. It was a cold night, so Jack places the coal in a hollowed out turnip to stop it from going out, since which time Jack and his lantern have been roaming looking for a place to rest.Nov 18, · Watch video · Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween occurs on Wednesday, October It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would.
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Halloween-time traditions around the world People in costume gather for the annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival at the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Hollywood, California, on. Halloween dates back centuries when it was widely celebrated in Celtic cultures.
However, certain other countries are home to some Halloween-like or autumnal traditions of their own. Although not strictly a Halloween celebration, it occurs around the same time. The skull is the most prolific symbol.
The “trick” aspect of trick-or-treating in Halloween tradition came much later, namely when American immigrants brought ashore longstanding traditions of being destructive and .
Halloween or Hallowe’en is now celebrated across the world on the night of 31st October. Modern day celebrations generally involve groups of children dressed in scary costumes roaming from house to house, demanding “trick-or-treat”.