Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, or All Saints Eve, is a spooky celebration observed every year in many countries on October 31st. The origin of the festival is disputed but it is said to originate from Celtic pagan of Samhaim, meaning ‘Summer’s End’ which celebrated the end of harvest season.
The origin of trick or treating and dressing up were in the 16th century in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This is where people went door to door in scary dressing costumes asking for food in exchange for a poem or song. Many dress up in their favorite scary movie characters. Fast forwarding to the 19th century, souling gave way to disguising or mumming when children would offer songs, poetry and jokes – instead of prayer in exchange for fruit or money.
The trick or treating phase was brought about in America by immigrants from different countries. After World War 2, Halloween became a widespread holiday that revolved around children where they could go door to door asking for candy. Then came the pumpkin carving which added to the tradition.
Halloween is celebrated by all ages young and old. It is a public holiday celebrated with great enthusiasm and people really know how to have fun. Christians in India tend to follow the Biblical form of Christianity, whereby they do not observe Christianized festivals of pagan origin. On 31st October, Indians celebrate by observing All Souls Day by commemorating and praying for the departed souls.
But there are also some people that dress up in their favourite characters and have a party at each other’s houses. There are also some places near Bandra Bandstand that are known to host gatherings in celebration of Halloween. This is usually enjoyed by giving everyone candy and seeing who is the best dressed!
It is indeed a celebration to try at least once.