What is the true meaning of Halloween ?
The word “Halloween” comes from All Hallows’ Eve and means “hallowed evening.” Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door-to-door, which is why during Halloween people wear costumes and go trick-or-treating.
Why do we Celebrate Halloween on 31st October?
Christians celebrated something called All Saints Day on November 1st, honouring those who had died and gone to Heaven. All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day. Hallow means holy. So the day before All Saints day was All Hallows Eve, which eventually came to be called Halloween. (31st October)
Why is the pumpkin a symbol of Halloween?
Symbolically, the pumpkin is often linked to rebirth and fertility, and they also symbolise harvests and crops around the same time as Halloween. They fit the season in which Halloween falls every year. For those who go ‘trick or treating’, a luminous pumpkin on the stairs is the symbol that those who live there want you to visit.
Why do we say ‘Trick or Treat’ ?
The phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like sweets) is given, then the child will not perform a “trick” (mischief) on the owner of the house. This popular Halloween custom has its origins in the ancient practices of “souling” and “guising.”
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