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October 31, 2017
6 Fun Facts about Halloween
Halloween has undergone a number of transformations. Initially, it was a Celtic holiday called Samhain. As Romans came to the territories of Celtic tribes, this day was named Feralia, a celebration of harvest devoted to the goddess Pomona and remembrance day of the dead ancestors. With Catholic culture spreading all over the Europe, the last eve before November 1 became the Eve of All the Saints or All-The-Hallow Eve.
Costumes were not just for fun: Celts and Scottish tribes dressed up in order to hide themselves from evil powers and ghosts.
Jack-o-lanterns originated not from pumpkins, but from turnips. This vegetable was common in Ireland and Scotland, and according to the legend, a man named Jack wanted to deceive the Devil. When he died, the Satan made his spirit walk in the darkness with burning coals, so Jack carved them into a turnip to light his way.
Trick-or-treat tradition goes back to the days, when All The Saints Day was the reason for the poor to knock on the doors of wealthy people and ask for food and water.
Bonfire means a fire with bones. Celtic druids threw cattle bones into the fire pits to protect the tribe from cold days and dark powers, as well as to signify the end of the harvest gathering.
Orange and black colors were not selected for Halloween by chance. Orange is the symbol of autumn because leaves turn into gold and orange and the sunlight is fading away. Moreover, pumpkins are also orange! As for the black color, it is a typical symbol of death, which symbolizes the end of warm days. Celts believed that the nature weakened and died during the winter and then revived with first spring days.