A little history on Halloween

A little history on Halloween

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Halloween as we know it today, is a derivation of “All Hallows’ Evening” or All Saints’ Eve. This is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.

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It initiates the three days of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

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Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using humour and ridicule to confront the power of death. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween).

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