How much do you know about Halloween?

Halloween's traditions are believed to have originated from the festival of Samhain among the Celts of ancient Britain and Ireland. On November 1 the New Year was believed to begin and that date was also considered the beginning of the winter period. During the Samhain festival the souls of those who had died were believed to return to visit their homes, and those who died that year were believed to move to the other world. People used to set bonfires on hilltops to celebrate the winter and to frighten away evil spirits, sometimes wearing masks to avoid being recognised by the ghosts. It was in those days that beings such as witches, fairies and goblins among many others started being associated with Halloween day. Only in the 7th century the Pope moved All Saint's Day from May 13 to November 1, in order to substitute the pagan holiday with Christian. The evening before All Saint's Day became a holy, or hallowed, eve and thus became also Halloween. The celebration of Halloween was largely forbidden in many countries although 1800s brought festivals that marked the harvest and started again incorporating elements of Samhain. When a large number of Irish immigrants moved to United States in the mid 19th century, they brought many Halloween customs with them, making Halloween a major holiday in North America.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!💚🎃

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