The term Halloween (and its alternative rendering Hallowe'en ) is shortened from All-hallow-even , as it is the eve of "All Hallows' Day", also which is now known as All Saints' Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European Pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints' Day from May 13 to November 1. In the ninth century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints' Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were, at that time, celebrated on the same day.
Black and orange are the traditional colors of Halloween The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols
The main event for children of modern Halloween is trick-or-treating in which children disguise themselves in costumes and go door-to-door in their neighborhoods, ringing each doorbell and yelling "trick or treat!" to solicit the usual gift of candies. Some homes will use sound effects and fog machines to help establish an eerie atmosphere. Other less scary house decoration themes might be used to entertain younger visitors.. Upon receiving trick-or-treaters, the house occupants (who might also be in costume) often hand out small candies, miniature chocolate bars, loose change, soda pop, stickers, or even crayons and pencils (some people even give out their business cards). Children can often accumulate many treats on Halloween night, filling up entire pillow cases, pumpkin-shaped buckets, shopping bags or large plastic containers
Traditional activities include… Trick-or-Treating Trick-or-treat!! Halloween Festivals Bonfires Costume Parties Haunted Houses and… Horror Films
Other Halloween festivities include fireworks, telling ghost stories, and playing children's games such as hide-and-seek . Bolder children may play a game called "thunder and lightning", which involves loudly knocking on a neighbor's door, then running away (like lightning).
Costume sales Halloween costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Costumes are also based on themes other than traditional horror, such as those of characters from television shows or movies . Other products include: Masks Bags T-shirts
after Halloween… … is the day called… Todos Los Santos
The festival of All Saints , also sometimes known as All Saints' Day , All Hallows or Hallowmas ("hallows" meaning "saints," and "mas" meaning "Mass"), is a feast celebrated November 1 or the first Sunday after Pentecost in honour of all the saints, known and unknown. All Saints is also a Christian formula invoking all the faithful saints and martyrs, known or unknown.
Here in the Philippines, we celebrates All Saint’s Day on this day. This day is used to be a regular holiday in the Philippines but was changed to a non-working holiday through an Executive Order issued by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Many Filipinos recognize All Saint’s Day as a day to commune with their beloved departed..
… and that means… ,,, visiting the graves… OF THE DEAD
Families return to their provinces to clean the tombs of their loved ones and to pray for them.
And the day is spent visiting the graves of deceased relatives, where they offer prayers, lay flowers, and light candles, often in a picnic-like atmosphere.
In the cemetery Late afternoon My great grandparents’ and grandfather’s graves, ornately embellished with flowers and candles our neighbor‘s’ kid, playing with the candle wax Three girls singing from tent to tent for the souls of the dead My brother, amusing himself by playing his Gameboy Two kids playing Merchandise on display And finally… … at night… … a sea of candles…