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Halloween Faq: Halloween Traditions Around The World

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Summary:
* Was Halloween originally a pagan or a Christian holiday?

Like the celebration of Christmas day, originally Halloween was a pagan
festival rather than a Christian holiday. It was only around 10th century
that the Roman Catholic Church established this holy day. This was
initiated for purifying the spirits of the dead.


* What is the origin of trick-or-treating?

Trick-or-treating, a major Halloween tradition, is related to the "soul
cake day" of Christian people, wi...


Keywords:
Halloween, pagan, holidays, Christian, trick-or-treating, trick or treat,
October 31, pumpkins


Article Body:
* Was Halloween originally a pagan or a Christian holiday?

Like the celebration of Christmas day, originally Halloween was a pagan
festival rather than a Christian holiday. It was only around 10th century
that the Roman Catholic Church established this holy day. This was
initiated for purifying the spirits of the dead.


* What is the origin of trick-or-treating?

Trick-or-treating, a major Halloween tradition, is related to the "soul
cake day" of Christian people, with a belief that the treat pacifies a
mischievous spirit. Formerly, children who were trick-or-treating would
vandalize houses that did not give them treats. They roamed around the
neighborhood soliciting candy or other kinds of treats. This was became
popular up to the 20th century.

It was in the year 1970 that the trick-or-treating tradition started to
wane because of several rumors that some households were handing out
harmful or poisonous treats to children. Today many parents accompany
their children while trick-or-treating or organize private Halloween
parties.


* Why is Halloween celebrated on October 31st?
Halloween is celebrated on October 31st because the Celtic people
believed that it is the end of "season of the sun" and the start of
"season of darkness and cold" due to winter. They believe that it is the
time when evil spirits are most likely to roam the earth.


* Is Halloween celebrated on the same day around the world?

No. Halloween in some parts of the world may not even occur on October
31st. A number of countries celebrate Halloween on November 1 or 2. Other
prefers to celebrate it at some other time, mostly during the fall or
summer season.


* What countries celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is one of the oldest traditions and is celebrated around the
globe. While many countries commemorate Halloween it is in North America
and Canada where Halloween is most popular. Other countries that join in
the celebration are Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia,
England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Latin
America, Spain, and Sweden.


* How did Halloween get started in the U.S.?

The first-ever recorded Halloween celebration in the United States
occurred in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1921. That was the start of trick-or-
treat, Halloween costume parties, and a series of activities depicting
the essence of the celebration.


* Why do we carve pumpkins for Halloween?

Carving of pumpkins is descended from earliest Irish tradition.
Originally a turnip was used instead of a pumpkin. According to some
stories, it was believed to ward off evil spirits.

When the Irish people began to immigrate to America, they realized that
carved pumpkins were more realistic than turnips, as well as easier to
carve.

				
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