5 Insane Facts You Didn’t Know About The Origins Of Halloween
In today’s society, Halloween is associated with scary movies, dressing up in fun costumes, and going trick-or-treating to collect candy. But what many don’t know is that there are many unusual facts about the holiday and how it originated. Halloween wasn’t always a day for just candy.
Thank The Catholics
“Hallowmas” was a three-day Catholic holiday in which people honored saints and prayed for the deceased. In the 11th century, it was decided the celebration would last from October 31 to November 2. “Hallowmas” then evolved into “All Hallow’s Eve” (still celebrated today), and then settled on “Halloween.”
Thank The Celts, Too
Irish Celts were responsible for changing the traditional Catholic holiday into a day focused on horror and dressing up in costumes. The Celts believed the holiday was a time when the dimensional wall between our world and the paranormal world opened and spirits roamed the Earth. Celts wore costumes and masks to ward off these evil spirits. But now it’s a fun day to wear costumes with your friends.
The Jack Of “Jack-o’-Lanterns”
It would be unusual to associate Halloween without pumpkins. But originally, Jack-o’-lanterns were carved out of turnips, beets, and potatoes. A Celtic folktale told the story of a farmer named Jack, who would play tricks on the devil. His punishment was being forced to wander in agony with only a burning lump of coal. Jack took the coal and made a lantern from a turnip. But during the 19th-century potato famine, Americans used pumpkins instead. The rest is history.
Originally “Cabbage Night”
Teenagers love to pull pranks and the same was true on Halloween. For many years, the holiday was referred to as “Cabbage Night,” because teenagers would rejoice in throwing cabbage, corn, and other rotten vegetables on their neighbors’ properties. Perhaps this is the reason many people don’t like the holiday; they couldn’t handle a simple prank.
All The Superstitions
Many people get extra superstitious around Halloween. If they see black cats, spiders, or bats, they assume something terrible is about to happen. But, as it turns out, these symbols aren’t random and should be treated with caution. All three symbos have ties to Wicca and witches and are associated with bad luck. Be careful the next time you see a black cat!
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