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The Story Of Halloween

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Emilia Di Gaetano

on 31 October 2013

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Transcript of The Story Of Halloween

The Story Of Halloween
Halloween: one of the oldest holidays
A long time ago, there was a festival called Samhain.
It celebrated the end of the harvest
and the beginning of the new year
(November 1st).
The Druids believed that ghosts and spirits roamed the earth at this time, so they lit bonfires to protect themselves.
The Catholic Church adapted the day as
All Saints or
All Hallows and this is how the name became Halloween.
Halloween was brought to America by Irish immigrants.
In Europe people carried lanterns made out of potatoes and turnips.

The Tradition of
Trick- or -Treating
This tradition goes back to the celebration of ALL Souls'Day.
Villagers used to give people soul cakes in return for prayers for their dead relatives. Also, people believed that spirits came to earth on this day to possess living bodies so that they could go back to life. Villagers thought that if they dressed in ghost costumes,the spirits would not hurt or possess them.
Halloween Today
In the 1920s, kids began going trick-or-treating in their neighbourhoods. By this time, halloween had lost its religious meaning and became a holiday where people got dressed in costumes, communities celebrated together and shared yummy treats.
By the 1950 , Halloween was a popular celebration and a fun day for kids to dress up in costumes and go from house to house to receive candies and other treats.
It was a long time ago,
longer now than it seems,
in a place that perhaps you've seen in your dreams
with a story
that you're about to be told......
Now you probably wonder
where holidays come from
and if you haven't
I'd say
it's time you begin.....

The legend of Jack o'Lantern
There is an old legend about a man named Stingy Jack who was too mean to get into heaven and had played too many tricks on the devil to go to hell.
When he died, he had to walk the earth, carrying a lantern made out of a turnip with a burning coal inside. Stingy Jack became known as "Jack o'Lantern". From this legend came the tradition of placing Jack-o'Lanterns in windows or by doors on Halloween. The Jack-o' Lanterns are meant to scare away Stingy Jack and all other bad spirits. In North America pumpkins are used as Jack o'Lanterns.
In America, pumpkins were used as lanterns.
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