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Halloween

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Halloween KLaipeda Simon Dach
7g klass Costumes There is a lot of costumes for Halloween From Dracula and Frankenstein To Ghosts and Ghoul To Vampires and Mummy Decorations Also there is a lot of decorations for Halloween From Lighted Pumpkins and Black Cats To Bats and Spiders To Witches and Candles Meals In Halloween we also have a lot of kind of meals From Candy Apples and Pumpkin Cookies To Pumpkin Marmalade and Cup Cakes To Pumpkin Muffins and Cake Halloween Tradition In Halloween we have some traditions Halloween is also a time for neighborhood pranks.
From egging and toilet-papering houses to smashing jack-o'-lanterns, "devil's night" can be full of mischief and menace. Fire was very important to the Celts as it was to all early people.
In the old days people lit bonfires, to scare away evil spirits.
They believed that light had power over darkness.
In some places they used to jump over the fire to bring good luck.
Today, we light candles in pumpkin lanterns and then put them outside our homes
to frighten away witches and ghosts. In olden times, it was believed that during Samhain,
the veil between our world and the spirit world was thinnest,
and that the ghosts of the deceased could mingle with the living.
The superstition was that the visiting ghosts could disguise themselves in human form, such as a beggar, and knock on your door during Samhain asking for money or food.
If you turned them away empty-handed,
you risked receiving the wrath of the spirit and being cursed or haunted.
Another Celtic myth was that dressing up as a ghoul would fool the evil spirits into thinking that you were one of them so that they would not try to take your soul. About Halloween The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century
and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller
All-Hallows-Even ("evening"),
that is, the night before All Hallows Day.
Up through the early 20th century,
the spelling "Hallowe'en" was used,
eliding the "v" and shortening the word. In traditional Celtic Halloween festivals,
large turnips were hollowed out,
carved with faces and placed in windows
to ward off evil spirits.
North Americans started using pumpkins
as they are both readily available
and much larger - making them easier to carve. All Hallow's Eve - Another word for Halloween night. Some Halloween traditions,
such as carving Jack-o'-lanterns,
are based on Irish folklore and have been carried on throughout the centuries, while others, such as candy corn, are more modern Halloween additions. Celtic folklore tells the tale of a drunken farmer
named Jack who tricked the devil,
but his trickery resulted in him being turned away from both the gates of heaven and hell after he died.
Having no choice but to wander around the darkness of purgatory, Jack made a lantern from a turnip and a burning lump of coal that the devil had tossed him from hell. A fun fall activity,
carving Jack-o'-lanterns actually
has its roots in a sinister, tragic fable. Jack, the story goes,
used the lantern to guide his lost soul;
as such, the Celts believed that placing
Jack-o'-lanterns outside would help guide lost spirits home when they wander the streets on Halloween.
Originally made using a hollowed-out turnip with a small candle inside, Jack-o'-lanterns' frightening carved faces also served to scare evil spirits away. When the Irish potato famine of 1846 forced
Irish families to flee to North America,
the tradition came with them.
Since turnips were hard to come by in the states at the time, pumpkins were used as a substitute. The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black actually
stem from the pagan celebration of autumn and the harvest,
with orange symbolizing the colors of the crops and turning leaves,
while black marks the "death" of summer and the changing season.
Over time, green, purple and yellow have also been introduced into the color scheme of Halloween decorations. Rich in tradition,
Halloween has no shortage of symbols and terms.
There are many common Halloween traditions,
and even more Halloween customs celebrated in different areas and by different cultural and ethnic groups.
Halloween parties are not complete without lots of spooky decorations to set the mood. If you are going to a Halloween party
or out to Trick or Treat,
you need to dress up in a costume.
No costume, no treats. Halloween costumes can be friendly or scary,
simple or elaborate.
If you don't' have money for a costume,
be creative and make your own. Thank you for watching
and
Happy Halloween
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