The REAL Halloween

A lot of the traditions from the olden days have evolved and created this new modernized version of Halloween. But has this modernization abandoned too many of the Halloween roots creating something totally new?

Also known as All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween is an ancient holiday that is believed to have originated in the early middle ages. You can actually trace its roots with the Irish pagan festival known as Samhain, which was celebrated with feasting, sacrifices, bonfires and homage to the dead.

It is safe to say we have abandoned most of the roots of Halloween, partly because some of them are nowadays illegal (like sacrifice) but we have actually forgotten the essence of what this date is all about.

In the Medieval Era, the bonfires made on Halloween symbolized the struggle of souls lost in the purgatory and the trick or treat tradition originated as people would go from door to door offering prayers for the dead in exchange of “soul cakes”.

The costume aspect of Halloween actually originated from Christmas parades, so in theory, dressing up has nothing to do with Halloween; but funnily enough it seems to be the only way people know how to celebrate Halloween nowadays.

The Day of the Dead

 

Day of the dead offering

Day of the dead offering

By Heather C Thomson

While many have spent the Halloween weekend dressed in scary costumes, collecting sweets and/or drinking themselves silly – dependent on their age – November 1st and 2nd is the really macabre time for it is Dia de los Incocentes (Day of the Innocents) and Dia de los Muetos(Day of the Dead). Continue reading