How to have a Happy Hunting this Halloween?
First Published 30, Oct 2020, 6:17 PM
Halloween is a day that people from all over the world celebrate in the spookiest ways. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic surrounding the world right now, things have become difficult this year. Therefore, how can we go for Happy Hunting this year?
Do you know from which timeline these strange ways of celebration came? Though a lot of changes have happened over the years, some of the practices are dated back the centuries. Here are the few customs listed below:
Did you know Halloween got its popularity in poems?
Let’s trace the ancient history of Halloween. The word got its popularity through the poem ‘Halloween’ written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in the year 1785.
The meaning of the word can be described as the night before All Saints’ Day (1st November).
Trick or Treating?
Ancient Celts used to dress up in evil forms to confuse devils. On the other hand, in Medieval England, ‘soulers’ would go out for ‘soul-cakes’, and in return that they would pray for his soul instead of playing tricks.
Now, people combine these two traditions and dress up to go to trick or treating to get candies.
Lit your Jack O’ lanterns
Nowadays, we all lit our well carved and decorated pumpkins, but the story traces back to a local drunkard named Jack, who had a deal with Satan himself.
But, in keeping that deal, he got a piece of coal from the devil. Jack had nowhere to go, so he placed the coal piece in a turnip to use as a lantern.
Bob your apples
Have you ever played ‘Bobbing the apples’ at a Halloween party?
Well, the game unfurls like this, back in the time, people would dunk their heads in a tub of water and would try to bite a floating apple to find their perfect match.
According to Celtic mythology, the gap between the Otherworld and our real-world bridges up, letting the dead souls and spirits return on Halloween night, which is Samhain.
People used to offer foods to enlist their names under the good side of the spirits!
So, what do you want to do this Halloween, trick Satan, or give candy treat to yourself?