Halloween countdown has started! Only 3 days left tillÂ one of Canadaâ€™s most popular holiday! Are youÂ ready?
In order to be ready, you should:
- Have a new scary costume (or are you going to use an older one?) – not only do children look forward to dressing up but adults are increasingly getting into the spirit of Halloween and there are those of us who even dress up our pets.
- Decorate your home to show off your Halloween spirit
- Crave the scariest pumpkin – “jack-o-lantern” is after all the most important symbol
- Preparing lots of candies for everyone whoâ€™ll pass by your door – as you don’t want to get tricked!!
- and the most important one.. Mapping out your trick-or-treating route to make sure you get the best candies!!
..but before you start to party, you need to know a few things about what are you going to celebrate..
The origins of Halloween are rooted in an ancient festival honoring the dead, known as Samhain. It was celebrated by the Celtic people, who lived 2,000 years ago in the United Kingdom and northern France. They believed that during Samhain, the veil between our world and the spirit world was at its thinnest and the spirits form the underworld and the dead people could come to visit the world of living.
Traditionally people dressed up as spirits and ghosts when they went out on this night hoping that this would confuse the visiting spirits and thwart their intentions. They would also dress up in animal costumes to mark the end of summer and coming of winter. This custom was later adopted by Christians who celebrated All Soulsâ€™ Day by dressing up as saints, angels and fairies.
The trick-or-treating custom can be traced back to celebrations of All Soulsâ€™ Day in Britain. The poor would go from door-to-door, begging for so-called â€œsoul cakesâ€. Over time, the custom changed and children became the beggars, receiving apples, sweet buns and money. The tradition migrated over the Atlantic Ocean and quickly became entrenched in American celebrations of Halloween.
â€œJack-o-lanternâ€ got its name from a mean old man named Jack. Legends have it that a stingy and mean old man, named Jack, was too mean to get into heaven when he died. When Jack went to hell he was meet by the Devil who gave him a piece of burning coal and sent him away. Jack placed the burning coal in a turnip to use as a lantern to light his way. The legends claim that Jack is still walking with the â€œjack-o-lanternâ€ looking for a place to stay.
.. and don`t forget to make your Halloween wish list on www.alliwishis.com,Â Â share it with your friends and Â you`ll definitely receive the best presents ever!