When is Halloween : Everything new about Halloween 2023

Halloween is a festival observed in many countries around the world on 31st of October. This year too it will be celebrated on the 31st of October 2022. It is the part of the year when tree’s starts to shed their leaves and the temperatures takes a dip, we know, the Halloween is around.

It is also known as All Hallows’ Eve. 31st October is observed as a holiday for the purpose of this festival. It is dedicated to remembering the dead, included the Saints ( Hallows ) along with all other departed souls. On 31st October, Western Christians, observe or celebrate it is the eve of feast of All Hallows’ Day.

The Origin and history of Halloween

Halloween is believed to have definite links with Christian beliefs and practices. The history of Halloween can be traced back to the pagan festival of the Celtics, particularly the Gaelic, known as Samhain. It was observed by the ancient people of England and Ireland.

This celebration actually marked the onset of the Celtic New Year. Even though the actual ways of the ancient celebrations are unknown to us but most probably celebrations involved wearing of costumes. Now since we are talking about ancient times therefore it has to be assumed that the costumes must have been as of what was actually available to them during those times which were far off from modernity.

With time, as Christianity came to the limelight, the rituals somewhat remained to this modern day culture. It only evolved and modernized to this present day. This festival, at those time was also an important time for young woman to find their husbands. This was based on the rituals which were followed by them.

One of the most prominent of the many rituals that were followed were mirror gazing. It was strongly believed that by string at themselves onto the mirror, they could possibly see their future, and what the future holds for them.

Reasons for Halloween Celebration on 31st October

The Halloween is celebrated on 31st October every year because of its origin and past history. It is believed that the ancient Gaelic festival was also celebrated on this day, from which the present day Halloween is believed to have evolved.

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It is an important time of the year when seasons take a drastic turn and leaves of trees turns orange.

Followers believed that it is the time when the dividing factors of life and death is at its narrowest. In other words the world that we live in and the next has very thin line of dividing factors at this time. Thus making it possible to connect to the death and also what future holds for them.

This can also be related to other cultures for example : In the Jewish, which coincidentally also happens in the same very month of October, where prayers are being held for the dead.

Halloween and its celebrations on this modern day

The religious and spiritual, if we are not wrong, hardly exists in this modern day celebrations. Even this year candy loving and costumes clad people will be celebrating the Halloween on the 31st of October.

The references of ghosts and spirits will only be the visual appearances that we will get from the witch and ghost costumes that the people will be wearing on the very day.

However, Halloween definitely remains a popular and much awaited holiday of celebration in America today.

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The Trick-Or-Treating aspect of Halloween

Usually, in this festival people are seen to have been dressed up as saints and walk the street singing some songs and verses, which also happen to been along door to door of other people. Children usually goes to every house asking for candies.

They would also ask for soul cakes ( a treat same as biscuits ). The concept of trick-or-treating appears here as the people and families would provide treats to these children’s with the so called positive hope that they would not be played with any holiday pranks by them.

Frequently Asked Questions :

When is Halloween Celebrated?

Halloween is celebrated on the 31st of October every year.

Among which community Halloween is celebrated?

Usually, Halloween is celebrated by the christian community of Europe and America

How did Halloween festival come into existence?

Halloween is believed to have definite links with Christian beliefs and practices. The history of Halloween can be traced back to the pagan festival of the Celtics, particularly the Gaelic, known as Samhain. It was observed by the ancient people of England and Ireland.

Halloween, as every year, will be celebrated even this year on the 31st of October. Celebrations of any kind whether it is linked to customs or religious aspects brings happiness to the world. In modern times festivals and celebrations act as a uniting factor for us humans and along with it if we can relate or draw our past through these celebrations, then it would mean something worthy of doing it.

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