Halloween is an event, which started its history in Middle Age Europe, but it is celebrated by people throughout the world, although in their own way.
Halloween is a short version of “All Hallow’s Eve” or “All Hallow’s Evening” before “All Hallow’s Day”, a day, which is dedicated to remembering the hallows, aka saints, martyrs and dead. 1 November is considered the last day when dead souls leave this world.
People wear scary costumes in this day to duisguise themselves from dead souls, who are seeking vengeance on people, because it is the last day for them to go the other world.
Today’s version of Halloween is commercialized and involves fancy costume parties and celebrations. Although in some parts of the world original version is still celebrated – making soul cakes and distributing them to visitors, who sing songs in exchange
These traditions later led to trick-or-treating, kids wearing costumes in exchange for candys in Halloween.
Why carving pumkins?
31st of October is the last day of ‘summer days’ and it coincides with the harvesting time, when all fruits and vegetables ripen. Carving fruits and vegetables was common practice in Halloween, however, the most prominent was pumkins in form of heads with candles inside.