Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago, mostly in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT HALLOWEEN.
Jack-o’-lanterns come from Irish folk tales about “Stingy Jack.”
Irish Central details the myth of Stingy Jack, who was eternally doomed to roam the earth at night after making a deal with the devil😱. To guide his way, he lit coal in a carved-out turnip, inspiring Irish and Scottish people to do the same. When they later immigrated to America however, they realized the native pumpkins there had a more ideal surface for carving.
Women used to play Halloween games to learn about their future husbands.
While Valentine’s Day is now widely accepted as the holiday for romance, there was once a time when Halloween was associated with courtship. The New York Times explains that in the early 20th century, Halloween activities often played upon women’s pursuit of love. One game involved cutting an apple skin off and tossing it over her shoulder, with the landed peel said to indicate the first initial of her future suitor.
The Michael Myers mask on Halloween is the face of a well-known celebrity.
The iconic costume from this 1978 film is nothing short of terrifying, but its backstory is pretty amusing. The New York Times revealed that the film’s production designer Tommy Lee Wallace found a mask of William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, and was completely inspired. The crew spray-painted it white to achieve the look we’re all familiar with today.
HOW NIGERIANS SEE HALLOWEEN.
However, aside from public and private celebrations, social media was abuzz with conversations about the festive day.
~You’re a confused Nigerian…Halloween and kwanza are the only holidays I celebrate.
~While the U.S. has its share of conversations around some of the more problematic aspects of Halloween such as ‘inappropriate costumes’ which are associated with cultural appropriation and racism– within Nigeria, the celebration of Halloween is perceived by many as an act of playing copycat.
~“Halloween is the devil’s birthday” – Nigerian grandmas 💀 — Nigeria’s Gift
~No such thing as Halloween in a Nigerian household.
~it’s really fun Because we don’t do a lot of fun celebration together. Even at Christmas, people don’t visit each other so celebrating Halloween would be another form of people doing something together. It’s not demonic.
~Bring up Halloween in a Nigerian house and end up spending the next week doing broom deliverance in prophet James’ house.
Hilarious facts about Halloween according to Zikoko blog,
1) Nigerian parents that believe that you’ll become a vampire if you watch Twilight for too long
Because those characters can jump out of the TV to turn you
2) The belief that people sharing sweets are distributing witchcraft and you’ll see yourself flying at night like a bird and waking up in a cave.
3) The belief that the children going from house to house trick-or-treating are evil spirits in children’s form, why else will children be walking up and down begging for sweets at night?
4) The belief that you’ll be used for money rituals if you attend any Halloween party.
5) The belief that the gathering is an unholy one of pagan worshippers Because anyone that celebrates Halloween is a Satan worshipper.
6) Pagan parents who will ask their children which god approved Halloween
…warning them not to offend one god in favour of another, so the don’t get struck by thunder.
7) The belief that the party decorations are cloaked spirits that can be invoked at anytime
WHAT ARE YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT HALLOWEEN?