Friday 14 December, 2018

Ten facts about Halloween

Despite what you may think, given that many Halloween parties took place last weekend, today is in fact Halloween.

Happy Halloween!

Yup, that’s right today is the day that many kids in the United States and now in many place in the Caribbean, though admittedly on smaller scale, will be partaking in trick or treat activities.

In recognition of the Halloween tradition, Loop Lifestyle is sharing ten facts about the festivities that have come to be associated with getting candy and dressing up.

  1. Did you know that the origins of Halloween are rooted in Celtic traditions?  According to traditions it was a day that was used toward off spirits by lighting fires and wearing costumes.
  2. Why were they warding off spirts you may ask, well it is believed that October 31 marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning winter. Winter was associated with doom and gloom and human death. It is believed that on Halloween the boundary between the world of the living and the dead became blurred- it is believed that spirits roamed the earth on Halloween, hence the need to ward them off.

Okay here are some other facts not related to the history of the tradition… much more interesting.

  1. Halloween is good time for candy companies- yes they are in high demand at this time of year, with US statistics revealing that a quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.
  2. Without going too deep in the religious reformation, it was on Halloween day in 1517 that Martin Luther released a popular document known as ‘The 95 theses’ that started the reformation- coincidence?
  3. Ireland is credited with being the birthplace of Halloween. Not surprising the, it is Irish immigrants to America who are thought to have popularized the tradition.
  4. Trick –or-treating is first documented in 1927 in Blackie Canada.

     7. It is believed that witches held one of their two annual meetings, called sabbats, on Halloween.

  1. In the 1940s, trick or treating was halted because war-time rationing had curtailed the use of sugar.
  2. Turnips were originally used to make Jack-o-lanterns, not pumpkins.
  3. While full moons are also associated with Halloween, a full moon on October 31 are quite rare. A full moon is expected on October 31, 2020.

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