Although Halloween may not be popular in our country, yet almost everyone knows that Halloween is a day where everyone (in America of course) dresses up spooky and decorates the house with a variety of horror things.

One of the things that is always found on this date is the existence of Jack O'Lantern, a kind of ornament formed from pumpkins filled with candles or lights that light up. Pumpkin is usually carved with a scary form, so that at nightfall, Jack O'Lantern will be lit with scary. In addition to Jack O'Lantern, such spooky ornaments as bats, skulls or bones, cobwebs, and sometimes magic-shaped ornaments such as flying brooms and pots where the witches make magic drugs or toxins will appear everywhere, where. Not even a little decoration featuring Vampires or Vampire-style coffins appear in various homes. Actually what the hell happened until there was this awful ceremony?

Like the history behind this unique celebration?
Many theories that developed about Halloween, but the most widely accepted theory is that this Halloween celebration comes from the celebration of the ancient Gallic nation called Samhain, which roughly means "The End of Summer". This celebration is believed to be the end of the "bright period" (spring and summer) and the beginning of the "dark period" (autumn and winter). The ancient Gauls believed that on the 31st of October, or on the day of Samhain, the line between the real world and the unseen world would be so thin that the inhabitants of the unseen world could cross into our realms.

At Samhain celebrations, usually in the ancient Gaul population will hold a great celebration for their deceased ancestors and "invite" them to sit together to eat, whereas evil spirits or evil beings will be driven from their homes. To make it more difficult for evil spirits or spirits to spread a negative influence in their midst, the inhabitants would use a mask with a bad face or dress up like the evil magical creature, so that the evil magical beings thought that they should not be disturbed and let the celebration go festively . It is from tradition and belief that the tradition of wearing costumes is growing up to this day, although Halloween in today's world, the costumes are no longer spooky costumes, but unique costumes ranging from animals to superheroes or even cartoon characters.

If so, why does his name change into Halloween?
It turns out that this Halloween name comes from the Church's attempt at that time to stop the inhabitants celebrating the day of Samhain celebration that is considered contrary to the Christian celebration. The Church adopted the celebration of Samhain into All Hallows Evening, in the hope that the Gallic inhabitants of that time would leave a celebration that was considered to be un-ecclesiastical. From the name of All Hallows Evening, the inhabitants shortened to Hallow's Even, and the longer the name there is the shorter it becomes Halloween. Uniquely, although its name and celebration became an ecclesiastical celebration, the Church still can not change the forms and traditions that exist in this celebration.

So what exactly is Jack O'Lantern?
Jack O'Lantern

Jack O'Lantern is a legend from Ireland. This legend tells of a cunning and tough, stingy peasant who managed to deceive Satan. He managed to make the devil climb up the tree and then carve the shape of the Cross on the tree trunk, so the devil can not come down easily. At the time of his death, Jack was not accepted in Heaven, because of his cunning and bad acts he did during his lifetime, but the Devil also refused Jack to go to Hell because he was angry ever to be deceived by Jack.

But eventually Satan is kind (or more evil) by giving a candle to accompany him for a walk in the dark, for it is unacceptable in Heaven or Hell. The candle was placed inside Turnip (radish countrymen). On immigrants from Ireland coming to America while continuing to maintain this tradition, unfortunately, in America is not much found Turnip, so they finally choose other vegetables that exist, and can replace Turnip. The final choice fell to the pumpkin (pumpkin) more and easily found in America. From here on, Jack O'Lantern from pumpkin became famous all over the world.

Ever heard of Trick or Treat?
Trick or Treat

One of the unique traditions in America to welcome Halloween is Trick or Treat. Children will walk from house to house with unique costumes while carrying baskets, and knock on doors while shouting "Trick or treaaaat". Actually this is a threat, because the original meaning is, if you do not give "treat" alias food, we will do "trick" or delinquency to the house earlier. Homeowners will come out and gift various sweet foods like chocolates or candies in their baskets.

What exactly is the original tradition?
This tradition is believed to have appeared in Europe in the 9th century, as a modern form of "Soul Day" which was originally celebrated on 2 November. On this "Soul Day" day, beggars will walk from village to village to ask for a "Soul Cake" made from a rectangular piece of bread with a Currant contents. "Soul Cake" was a payment received by the beggar to pray for the spirits of the dead family.

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