Ek boer nog steeds lekker op my Farmtown plasie, en nou vir Halloween het hulle die oulikste goed uitgebring 😉
This article is about the holiday
Halloween (also spelled Hallowe’en) is an annual holiday celebrated on
It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints’ Day. It is largely a secular celebration, but some have expressed strong feelings about perceived religious overtones. Irish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America during Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840s.
The day is often associated with orange and black, and is strongly associated with symbols like the jack-o’-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, ghost tours, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, reading scary stories, and watching horror films.
Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples. A couple in the center play Snap-Apple, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string.
The couples at left play divination games. These games are common at Irish Halloween parties still todayHalloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain pronounced: sow- wen] (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samhain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios).
The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”. Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores.
The ancient Celts believed that on October 31 the boundary between the world and the otherworld dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damage to crops. The festival frequently involved bonfires into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown.
The wearing of costumes and masks at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or to placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, while dressed in white.
Origin of name
The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows’ Eve: eve is an abbreviation of even, an older word for evening. Halloween gets -een as a contraction of even to e’en], from the Old English term eallra hālgena ǣfen meaning “All Hallows’ Evening”, as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day”, which is now also known as All Saints’ Day.
It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints’ Day from May 13 (which had itself been the date of a pagan holiday, the Feast of the Lemures) to November 1.
In the 9th century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints’ Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were at that time celebrated on the same day. Halloween is thought of as a time when the living and the dead can be together again
Trick-or-treating and guising
Typical Halloween scene in Dublin, Ireland.Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?”
The word “trick” refers to a (mostly idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In some parts of Ireland and Scotland children still go guising. In this custom the child performs some sort of show, i.e. sings a song or tells a ghost story, in order to earn their treats.
Daarsy, nou weet julle omtrent alles oor Halloween!!