Halloween is an ancient festival and its celebrated on the31th of October. Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festivalwhich was when the Celts (the ancient inhabitants of GreatBritain) celebrated their New Year and the day they believedthat the souls of those who has died that year, progressed tothe underworld. It was said to be a night when ghosts, demonsand witches walk around the earth and people tried to calmdown them by offering nuts and berries.
Children dress up and walk around the streetsasking for candy from door to door. Afterknocking at the door children shouted the phrase«Trick or Treat». If people give them candy,money or other reward, is explained that peopleaccepted the deal. If they don’t give children apresent, the boys will make a little joke, throweggs or shaving foam against the door.
Pumpkin Halloween, says the legend, used to light up the way back to theworld of the dead and they protected from evil spirits. For the first time,Jack o’ Lanterns appeared in the UK, but they were made from the turnip.Pumpkins named «Jack o’ Lanterns» in honor of a man named Jack. Jackcouldn’t go to the heaven because he was a miser and he couldn’t go tothe hell because he had played evil tricks to the devil. So Jack is forced towander the earth with his lantern until Judgment Day.
Fortunetelling and storytelling aboutghosts and witches are popularactivities. Fortunetelling is an important partof Halloween. For example, a coin, aring, and a thimble were baked into acake. It was believed that the personwho found the coin would becomewealthy. The one who found the ringwould marry soon. And the personwho found the thimble would neverget married. Today people practicecardreading or palmistry.People once believed that there weremany ghosts and witches on theEarth and that they met on October31 to worship the devil. Today, peopledo not believe in ghosts and witchesbut they like to tell stories aboutthem on Halloween.