Halloween is an autumn holiday that Americans celebrate every year. It means "holy evening," and it comes every October 31, the evening before All Saints' Day. However, it is not really a church holiday, it is a holiday for children mainly.
Every autumn, when the vegetables are ready to eat, children pick large orange pumpkins. Then they cut faces in the pumpkins and put a burning candle inside. It looks as if there were a person looking out of the pumpkin! These lights are called jack-o'-lanterns, which means "Jack of the lantern".
The children also put on strange masks and frightening costumes every Halloween. Some children paint their faces to look like monsters. Then they carry boxes or bags from house to house. Every time they come to a new house, they say,"Trick or treat! Money or eat!" The grown-ups put treat-money or candy in their bags.
Not only children, but most grown-ups also love Halloween and Halloween parties because on this day,they can disguise themselves as personages or ghost as their imaginations will lead them. This bring them the satisfaction of being young.
When the harvest moon rises on October 31, little hobgoblins, spooky ghosts, ghoulish witches and gremlins — their young faces hidden behind grotesque masks — will go forth to frighten friends and neighbors and to threaten them with "Trick or Treat ".
Halloween (AII Hallows Eve) as the name implies, is a nighttime holiday, the one night in the year when the child's world turns to pure fantasy. Children take all the lead parts while parents and other adults play the supporting roles. Encouraged by teachers and merchants and the remembrance of the good time they had the earlier year, children (from 3 to 11 years old) start preparing their costumes and Halloween decorations weeks ahead. Although parents help the children very much prepare the costumes, on Halloween they must pretend to be frightened by the masked visions that suddenly appear. There will be little witches in long black dresses with tall-pointed hats and magic broomsticks to carry them over the rooftops — to a neighbor's house in the next block. Ghosts in sheets run with tell-tale sneakers and half socks showing; and terrible pirates with skull and cross-bones painted on their three-cornered hats. Some carry jack-o'-lanterns but all carry bags or UNICEF boxes marked "Trick or Treat", which fill up very fast.
Teenagers have their fun playing tricks that sometimes get rather rough. They throw eggs or tomatoes at passing motorists , mark up windows and windshields with hard-to-erase candle wax, roll pumpkins down long hills, carry away porch furniture and garbage can covers, engrave graffiti on fences, or do whatever bad things occur to them as they go around looking for ways to "let off steam". Police officers are alert but they only arrest those caught doing real damage. In most communities there are school dances or block parties to help redirect the energies of the youthful pranksters. Business firms offer prizes for the best costumes and recreation directors help plan the party, but the young people themselves take charge of the entertainment and the decorations — a necessary part of Halloween. Dried corn stalks, pumpkin faces, and piles of apples create the harvest atmosphere; and cutouts of witches on their brooms, goblins, ghosts and black cats symbolize the witchcraft aspect of the holiday. The freshments — apple cider, popcorn and pumpkin pie, and witches made of spicy ginger cookies — also carry out both themes.
There is an occasional adult Halloween Dance in a bright orange and black setting, with paper-made black cats, witches and grinning skeletons floating above the dance floor. But Halloween has become mainly a young people's holiday — and the younger the child the more exciting he finds it.
In the Western countries, have "Halloween" on October 31 every year,the dictionary makes an explanation for "The eve of All Saints'Day " , Chinese translates work: "Night of All Saints' Day". All Saints' Day is the Western countries tradition festival. This one night is one night "being haunted " most among 1 year, therefore also calling "spirit festival".
Before more than two thousand years, European Roman Catholic Church fixes November 1 for "Japan of land under heaven believer" (ALL HALLOWS DAY). "HALLOW" is intention of believer.
Legend Celt (CELTS) who lives in fields such as Ireland , Scotland has moved this festival forward since B.C. for 500 years, being October 31 one day. They think that should gradually are the day being over formally in summer, is just a New Year beginning, a day that grim winter starts.
People believes that the soul of a deceased person of old friend meeting returns to the former home field look for the people on living person , borrows this regeneration in this day at that time, this is person unique hope being able to gain regeneration in postmortal and.
The alive people seizes but a life coming the soul fearing to die then , people puts out away fire , candela thereupon right away in this day , lets rigid soul have no way to look for living person , self soul of dressing the dead up as all sorts of evil-doers is frightened off. Afterwards, they meeting candela ignites kindling again , start new life for 1 year.
The Celt tribe still has legend at that time in the convention living person is killed on October 31 being used in holding a memorial ceremony for the dead. Have arrived at A.D. 1 century, Roman who has captured the Celt tribe manor has accepted All Saints' Day convention also gradually , has abolished but the barbarous method of work burning living human sacrifice dead herefrom. Roman celebrates the good harvest festival and Celt ceremony combines, be wearing the dreadful mask , be dressed up as animal or ghosts and monsters, be then for driving demon wandering all around in them away.
Halloween means Hallows' Evening. It is the evening before All Hallows' Day (now called All Saints'Day) , a Christian holiday, celebrated on the November 1st.
History traces Halloween back to the ancient religion of the Celtics. The Celts were the ancestors of the present-day Irish, Welsh and Scottish people. In the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31st. On the November 1st, Celtic peoples celebrated the festival of Samhain,which marked the beginning of winter and the Celtic New Year. Celts thought the division between the natural world and the supernatural world became very thin and all time and space was abruptly suspended on October 31st, and then the spirits of the died would come back and move freely looking for living bodies to possess.