By: Belerofronte Mar
If anyone had to answer what Halloween was they would most likely say it is the day that children dress up to get candy. But, is that really what Halloween is all about? What is the true meaning of this holiday that revolves around the strange and the scary?
With various versions of how this event came to be, they all revolve around the dead; whether they are honored or feared depends on the origin.
In the areas that are now known as Ireland, France, and the United Kingdom there was an ancient group of people that believe that on All Hallows Eve the dead returned and caused problems like diseases and damaged crops. According to History.com another traditional things they did was leaving food on their front doors to please the ghost and they would leave them alone afterwards.The website Halloweenhistory.com states that because of this the Celtic people would wear mask to disguise themselves from the phantoms of the land. However, when Christians came over they influenced the way they celebrated Hallows Eve. Then the Celtic people started to celebrate All Souls Day on November 2nd which is a different story.
One of the changes was that beggars would go door to door asking for food and in exchange for a prayer for their dead. But soon this too also changed, another article by History.com states that in Ireland and Scotland young people would go door to door instead and get coins, food, or drinks. In return the children would have a “treat” such as a poem they would recite, a song they would sing, or even just a joke. However, in the US, we have lost a great deal of that tradition. Now children go door to door asking for candy without really knowing what it meant before.
Over the course of history halloween has changed greatly, from the fear of the dead and the hardships they bring to the commercialized day we know of in the United States. However some of the old traditions still remain with us to this day. If we remember the past, this holiday will mean a whole lot more.
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