Halloween (in English: Halloween, pronounced [hæləʊˈiːn], or also[hæloʊˈiːn] ) is a celebration observed in various countries, especially in the Anglophone world, on October 31, the eve of the Western ChristianDay of All Saints Day. It begins with the three-day vigil of the Allhallowtide, the time of the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including hollows, martyrs, and all the deceased believers.
Many of the Halloween traditions are believed to have originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival, the Samhain, and that this Gaelic festival was Christianized by the early church. Samhain and other parties may also have had pagan roots. Some, however, support the view that Halloween began independently of Samhain and has Christian roots.
Among the most common Halloween activities are parties and costumes, trick-or-treating, house decorating, making pumpkin lanterns, bonfires, guessing games, going on “haunted” attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror movies. In many parts of the world, Christian Halloween religious vigils, such as attending church services and lighting candles in the graves of the dead, remain popular, while elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstain from flesh on Halloween.
The origin of Halloween brings the traditions of the peoples who inhabited the Gaul and the islands of Britain between the years 600 BC and 800 AD, though with marks of differences from the current pumpkins or many famous phrases ” trick or treating ” exported by the United States, which popularized the celebration. Originally, Halloween had nothing to do with witches. It was a festival of the calendar Celtic Ireland, Samhain festival, held between October 30 and November 2and marked the end of summer ( Samhain literally means “end of summer”).