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Here's some interesting facts about Halloween and why people enjoy celebrating this fun occassion.
Halloween is a festival of everything creepy, and in the US, it's encircled by a couple of odd practices like going house to house asking for candy and pumpkin cutting. Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival. The Halloween we realize today can follow its foundations back to the old Celtic end-of-harvest of Samhain. During Samhain, individuals would light huge fires and wear outfits to avoid malicious spirits. In the eighth century, in an effort to spread Christianity, Pope Gregory III decreed November 1 as All Saints' Day and incorporated some of the rituals of Samhain. All Saints' Day was originally called All Hallows and the prior night, when the customary Samhain celebration used to occur in Celtic locales, was called All Hallows' Eve.
Did you know these intriguing facts regarding some of today's practices got started, as well as other fun tidbits about this unique holiday? First of all, the name Jack o'lantern" comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack. Rumors have spread far and wide suggesting that stingy Jack welcomed Satan to have a beverage with him, yet Jack didn't want to pay for the beverage, so he persuaded Satan to transform himself into a coin. Rather than purchasing the beverage, he stashed the coin and kept it near a silver cross in his home, keeping Satan from taking shape again.
He vowed to release Satan as long as he would let Jack be for a year – and that if Jack passed on, Satan wouldn't claim his soul. Following a year, Jack deceived Satan again to let him be and not claim his soul. When Jack passed on, God didn't want such a scheming individual in heaven and Satan kept his promise that he would not permit Jack's soul to enter hell. Jack was sent off into the night with only a burning coal to light his path. He placed the coal inside a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since. Jack was sent off into the night with just a lump of burning coal to light his way. He set the coal inside a cut out turnip and has been wandering around the earth ever since.
Individuals in Ireland and Scotland started making their own manifestations of Jack's lights out of turnips, beets and potatoes. The practice traveled out to the United States alongside the immigrants and other individuals started to use pumpkins, native to North America, for the lanterns instead.
Candy corn was originally called Chicken Feed. Though many would argue that candy corn tastes like chicken feed, that's not how it got its original name. Created in the 1880s by George Renninger, it was sold to the masses by Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly Co.) at the turn of the century. Because corn is what was used to feed chickens, the creation was called "Chicken Feed" and the box was marked with a colorful rooster.
Did you know the term Trick-or-treating comes from "souling?" Having youngsters spruce up in costumes and go house to house like little hobos requesting treats is somewhat unusual. Like a few other Halloween exercises, the custom can be followed back to the Middle Ages and the ceremonies of Samhain. It was accepted that apparitions strolled the earth the evening of Samhain, so individuals would spruce up in ensembles with an end goal to repulse the spirits. As the Catholic Church began displacing agnostic celebrations with their own days off (like All Souls' Day), the demonstration of souling became famous, and helpless kids and grown-ups would go house to house dressed as spirits accepting food from strangers in return for prayers.
Halloween folklore and fables are filled with fortune-telling and magic. Early English fables about Halloween is loaded with strange notions and fortune-telling that people still believe is true today, such as bobbing for apples or staying away from black felines. One piece of fables says that if a youthful unmarried individual strolls down the steps in reverse at 12 PM while holding a mirror, the face that shows up in the mirror will be their next sweetheart.
*Contributing Guest Writer: Arleena Thorne