When we speak of Halloween, this is the kind of things that comes to our minds:
Everything out of a horror movie, you can find it in this festive season of Halloween, but what exactly does Halloween mean? Where or how did it originate from? Even many fellow Westerners may not know its true origins.
A few weeks ago, I was fascinated by the origins of Halloween (or maybe one of the many different versions) after hearing it from a fellow American friend. Here’s a short story about a why we ‘celebrate’ Halloween every 31st of October.
Some time in the past, a few centuries ago where people depended on good agriculture mostly, farmers are very careful with their agriculture and will do anything they can to protect their crops. We have all heard about stories of witches and evil spirits in different counties, so instead of holding out their pitchforks and lighted torches, farmers and their county people came up with a new way to chase away the evil spirits.
To do that, they gathered everyone they could, made a huge bonfire and had many different dances and scary outfits to scare away those evil spirits from ever harming their crops. In this they believe, they could preserve and protect their agriculture for the rest of the year.
So, is Halloween what you think it is? From this short story, we can say that this is the only time of the year where MONSTERS ARE CELEBRATED because they were used for the good of the people instead of scaring the living dead out of people (no offence to the zombie friends).
Many centuries down, back to the present day of 2015, we like Halloween because we get to play dress up of our favourite horror character, or just to play dress up of anything, ANYTHING. You would know what I mean if you watched buzzfeed. Along with the scare shock-inducing haunted houses we all go for even though we are scared as little mouses, that’s what makes our Halloween day worthwhile.
What other stories of the origins of Halloween have you heard? We love hearing stories and we love sharing them. There’s always something new to learn everyday, even if it is about your worst nightmare.
Happy Halloween my fellow friends! May the forces be with you this day.