Halloweenhistory in America
Theterm Halloween refers to a secular holiday that combines vestiges ofthe celebrations that involve traditional harvest together withcustoms that are more peculiar as compared with the occasion such astrick-or-treating, costume wearing, pranks, and decorative imagery.These customs are on the basis of the changing of the seasons, thesupernatural and death. These Halloween celebrations and holidaytakes place annually on 31 of October. The name Halloweenwas originally ‘Hallowe`en.’The Halloween holiday comes from the term AllHallows Even.All Hallows even means the day that comes before All Hallows Day andit is today known as all saints Day. All saints Day was and still isa Catholic holiday that they celebrate in the commemoration of theChristian martyrs and saints and has been observed since early middleages in the first day of the month of November(Nancy, Henderson 2006, p. 89).
Historyof the Halloween
Theimmigrants from the Irish and the Scottish society are trace as theones who brought the Halloween holiday and celebrations to thenorthern America. The holiday traces and date to back in the mid ofthe eighteenth century. By this time, the initial eve and mummingthat came about with these celebrations were already forgotten in theIreland by itself. In Ireland the customs that were known as to beassociated with the Halloween comprised of communal feasting,praying, and the playing of games of divination such as the bobbingfor apples. In addition since the 1800s, when Scottish and the Irishimmigrants brought their Halloween festivities to North America, thisholiday has gone through a series of changes and has evolvedconsiderably. The Halloween’s celebration connection with AllSouls` All and Saints` Day has mostly fallen by the wayside. Therehave been a number of some new secular traditions that have developed(Anita, Badejo 2010, p. 28).
Forchildren, they celebrate the Halloween holiday by dressing up,trick-or-treating door-to-door. To them, this is still the main eventof the Halloween. Most of the households in America participate, butsome do not run the risk of petty vandalism. Most adults dress upthemselves, and then go out with their children so as to attendcostume contests and parties.
Inaddition, on 31during the month of October, the celebrations ofHalloween are done in America, both adults and children slip into thenight as goblins and ghouls, pirates and princesses. Many of theAmericans celebrate these traditions of Halloween by telling tales ofghosts and witches while dressing in costumes. People carve pumpkinsinto glowering jack-o`-lanterns. The children parade from house tohouse, while knocking on the doors and calling out "Trick ortreat!" with the hope to have their bags being filled with somecandy. It is a night that if filled with fun for those whoparticipate (Nancy,Henderson 2006, p. 91).
Inconclusion, as seen earlier it is clear that the Halloween holidayand celebrations trace their origin to the Scottish and Irishimmigrants who came to the North America in the mid-1800s. Thecelebrations though seen to contradict the catholic all saints daythat come in the month of November in the first day are a fun andcustom that is rich of the culture of the people. These celebrationsare a preservation of culture that is significant and marks theidentity of people.
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