Happy Halloween 2018: Origin And Facts About Halloween - GB


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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Happy Halloween 2018: Origin And Facts About Halloween

Happy Halloween, a day to remember the dead, full of spookiness. But do know the history and background of Halloween.

Halloween is celebrated on 31st October every year in many countries across the world. Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. Celts believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth, so they started lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to ward off the ghosts. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns and costume-themed parties.

5 Halloween facts that will spook you out 

  1. Jack O'Lanterns were originally made from turnips

The British tradition of carving a scary face into a vegetable was originally done with turnips.

When Irish immigrants took the idea of the Jack O'Lantern to America, they started using pumpkins, because they were cheaper than turnips.

The legend of Stingy Jack inspired the carving.

He trapped the Devil, only letting him go on the condition that Jack would never go to Hell.

However, when he died, Jack learned that Heaven was out due to his devilish dealings, so he was condemned to wander the earth as a ghost for all eternity.

Gifted Jack a lump of burning coal by the Devil, Jack carried it round in a carved-out turnip to light his way.

2. Halloween decoration or real ?

U might think that the skeleton decorations are all a bit of fun, but in 2012, a postman thought a corpse was part of the Halloween display - but it was actually the resident of the house, who had died.

Dale Porch was coming back from working the overnight shift on November 2, when he collapsed on the porch steps.

The 46-year-old's family was distraught and felt the postman should have done something.

3. If you're in Germany on Halloween, hide the knives

They celebrate Halloween in Germany, but as a time to honour and respect the dead.

One tradition is to hide all the knives in the house, for fear that returning spirits might injure themselves on any knives that are left out.

There are a number of logical problems with this tradition - not least of which is that ghosts tend to be dead already, so how much damage can a knife realistically do? But if you start applying logic to the idea of the dead walking the Earth...

4. Chances are, if your trick-or-treat sweets have been poisoned, a family member did it

There are all kinds of urban myths about the mean old crone or crazed madman in the tumble-down shack slipping poison or dangerous items into cakes and candy for the unsuspecting cherubs who knock on their door on Halloween.

In reality almost every case of Halloween candy tampering has been performed by a family member.

For example, there was the case of Ronald O'Bryan, who laced his son's sweets with cyanide in Texas in 1974. Or the case in Detroit in 1970, where 5-year-old Kevin Toston died of a heroin overdose after he found his uncle's stash of the drug. His family later sprinkled heroin over his Halloween candy to try and protect his uncle.

In the cases of foreign objects hidden in sweets - like needles or razor blades - all but a handful have been hoaxes, or the media jumping on a story which turned out to be untrue.

There was, however, the case in Manchester of a 23-year-old man who was giving out baggies of cocaine to kids instead of sweets - though he didn't hide it in any sweets, police said he'd given the items "in error."

5.   If you're in Italy, you can enjoy the Beans of the Dead

In Italy they have a traditional Halloween recipe, which is kind of an oval cookie a bit like a macaron. It's called Fave dei Morti, which roughly translates as Beans of the Dead.

Beans of the Dead sounds like the great lost George A Romero zombie movie nobody's been waiting for.

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