Happy halloween

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Happy halloween

  1. 1. What is Halloween?  Halloween is a yearly celebration in many countries on October 31st.  It is also called All Hallows Eve, when we remember the dead and the saints.
  2. 2. Origins  Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
  3. 3. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory 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, such as to dress up as scary ghosts, ghouls, make jack o’lanterns and make bonfires  The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. 
  4. 4. Over time, Halloween evolved into a family holliday with fun activities such as trick-or-treating.  In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats. 
  5. 5. What is Samhain? The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter.  The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. 
  6. 6. Why do we wear masks? Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits so they would belive we are one of them. 
  7. 7. Halloween Superstitions Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition.  It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. 
  8. 8.  Today's Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt. 
  9. 9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN

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