Halloween is Almost Here!
All Hallow’s Eve, also known as Halloween, is right around the corner. Children and adults alike are busy picking out the perfect costumes, decorations, and of course - candy! This holiday has become one of the most popular in the United States, with families spending billions of dollars each year on masks, face paint, and even costumes for pets. Read on to learn more about this hair-raising holiday.
Halloween has existed in some form for hundreds of years, and is believed to be rooted in early Pagan beliefs. Most historians believe the holiday is linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, which comes from the Old Irish term for “summer’s end.” Today’s Halloween customs are thought to be influenced by Christian dogma, as it falls the evening before All Hallow’s Day, which is a day to honor and celebrate saints and spirits ascending to heaven.
Halloween as we know it today emerged in the early 20th century; the tradition of trick-or-treating became popular in the 1930s. It was around this time that companies began mass producing costumes. In 1974, the annual New York Halloween Parade was founded. The event has grown to be one of the most-popular in the United States, with nearly 2 million spectators lining the route each year.
Halloween Around the World
The traditions and importance of Halloween vary greatly among countries that observe it. In Scotland and Ireland, traditional Halloween customs include children dressing up in costume and holding parties, while other practices in Ireland include lighting bonfires and having fireworks displays. The Chinese celebrate the "Hungry Ghost Festival" in mid-July, when it is customary to float river lanterns to remember those who have died. And while trick-or-treating has become popular in the Philippines, most people engage in a tradition called Pangangaluluwâ, where people go in groups door-to-door to offer a song in exchange for money or food.
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