With the spirit of Halloween what better time to walk down the spooky lane. Pumpkin grins, sugary treats and the spookiness in the air just gives you the chills.
Let’s get into the history. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to region off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints. All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns and so on.
Even trick or treating which is practiced in American Halloween is celebrated on October 31st where it involves children going from door to door dressed in costumes to gather candies and other treats.
While Halloween has gotten its attention in many countries, India and Japan traditionally do not participate in this festivity. But India has its very own ‘Bhoot Chaturdashi’, where lamps are lit to guide ancestral spirits home.
Along with Halloween comes its superstitions like if you see a black cat you will have bad luck, seeing a bat it would lead you to a predicted death or trick or treating in costume where it would be believed that if you do so the spirits could walk freely among the living and would be a bad idea to turn them away empty handed.