The story behind Halloween – Myths and Legends
Halloween is celebrated every year on the 31st October, but do you know the origin of this celebration?
Halloween is a time of celebration andsuperstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of "Samhain", when people used to light bonfires and wear costumes to scare away ghosts. In the eighth century, PopeGregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as "All Hallows’Eve" and this later became known as "Halloween".
Over the years, Halloween has evolved into a fun and family event with activities for children such as trick-or-treating, when children dress asmonsters, ghosts and witches and knock on neighbours’ doors to ask for sweets and candy.
The story of Halloween can be used to illustrate the notion of myths and heroes (the different myths and legendssurrounding the Halloween celebration) but also the notion of Spaces and Exchanges: Halloween started in America when immigrants came from Ireland (potato famine) and Scotland, bringing their customs andtraditions to the United States. They were proud of their Celtic origins and they called Halloween "Oidche Shamhna" (Night of Samhain) and kept the traditional observances. The Jack-o-lantern is thefestival light for Halloween and is the ancient symbol of a damned soul. Originally the Irish would carve out turnips as but when they emigrated to America they could not find many turnips. They foundhowever an abundance of pumpkins and they have been an essential part of Halloween celebrations ever since. "Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in thenineteenth century.
Halloween est célébrée chaque année le 31 Octobre , mais savez-vous l'origine de cette fête ?
Halloween est un moment de fête et de superstition. Il est probablement...
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