Halloween, also known as Allhalloween is a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening. This day is dedicated to remembering the dead including saints, martyrs and the faithfully departed. The people celebrate Halloween by wearing costumes of various supernatural figures and the children go trick or treating.
Jack-O-Lanters are made by carving pumpkins and placing candles inside them. They are carried around to ward off the evil spirits. In Ireland and Scotland the turnip is carved.
The children go in costumes from house to house trick-or-treating. They ask for candies,sweets or money with the question ‘Trick or treat?’ If no treat is given, they perform some mischievous tricks on the owner of the house.
Halloween themed parties are hosted widely where the people wear costumes representing supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, devils etc.,
There are several typical games associated with Halloween. One such is Apple Bobbing where apples float in a tub of water and participants should only use their teeth to remove the apples from the basin.
One other involves hanging up scones by strings and eating them without using their hands.
Telling ghost stories and watching horror films are a common observance during halloween. Some people encourage abstinence from meat. People would also keep bowls of food at their doorstep to appease the ghosts and to prevent them from entering.
Halloween has been a festival of mystery, superstition and celebration. But, it is also the time to remember the spirits, the dead, the people who sacrificed their lives for the sake of love; love for people or love for the country. It is a time to know our ancestral roots and our history. A time, to enjoy with our family and friends while remembering the people who, though have left the world, are still present in our hearts.
Happy Halloween Friends!