Halloween, or Hallowe’en as it is sometimes called, is a holiday celebrated by people all over the world. It is a celebration of the dead and the dying. The word Halloween comes from the old English word “halloween”, which means All Hallows Eve, a time when the dead were believed to be roaming the earth.
The celebration of Halloween began in Europe during the early Christian period. In the 13th century, Pope Gregory IV proclaimed October 31st to be All Saints Day, a day of remembrance for all those who had died before that year.
In Ireland, Halloween is known as Samhain, and was celebrated at the beginning of winter. It was a time when the dead were thought to return to their homes. People would leave out food and drink for them, so that they would not have to go hungry.
The Celts believed that the dead were also able to see the living. They would tell the dead to leave the living alone, and if they did not, then the dead would bring harm to the living.
The Celts also believed that the souls of the dead were able to return to their bodies for one night each year, but that the souls of the living could not. For this reason, they would wear masks to scare off evil spirits.
It is believed that Halloween was brought to America by Irish immigrants. However, many believe that Halloween originated in Scotland, where it was celebrated in the form of a festival.
Today, Halloween is celebrated all over the world, and has become a major part of American culture. Many children dress up in costumes and go trick or treating, while adults often go to costume parties and watch horror movies.
Many people believe that Halloween originated in Ireland, but that it came to America with the Irish immigrants. Others believe that Halloween originated in Scotland. However, many believe that the celebration of Halloween originated in the United States, and was brought to Ireland and Scotland by the Irish immigrants.