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HALLOWEEN

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Halloween, celebrated on October 31st, has ancient origins rooted in the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter in the Celtic calendar, celebrated around November 1st. The Celts believed that on the night before Samhain, the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred, allowing spirits to roam the earth.To ward off these roaming spirits, the Celts would light bonfires and wear masks and costumes. They also left offerings of food and drink outside their homes to appease the spirits. This tradition evolved over time, incorporating elements of Roman and Christian festivals.During the medieval period in Europe, the custom of "souling" emerged, where poor individuals would go door-to-door on All Souls' Day (November 2nd), offering prayers for the dead in exchange for food. This practice eventually evolved into modern-day trick-or-treating.In Ireland, a legend about "Stingy Jack," a miserly man who tricked the Devil and was doomed to wander the earth with only a hollowed-out turnip to light his way, contributed to the association of pumpkins with Halloween. Irish immigrants brought this tradition to America, where pumpkins were more readily available, leading to the modern practice of carving Jack-o'-lanterns.Halloween didn't become popular in America until the 19th century, with the influx of Irish and Scottish immigrants. The first recorded instance of children going door-to-door for candy on Halloween dates back to the early 20th century.Today, Halloween is celebrated with various customs, including costume parties, haunted attractions, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin carving. It has become a commercialized holiday and a significant cultural event in many countries, blending ancient traditions with modern practices.