October’s arrived, which means one thing… No, not Christmas is almost here… It’s the month of Halloween! All Hallows’ Eve, Allhalloween and the other names it’s also known as. Halloween originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"), when people would wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Fun, or not so fun fact… The medical term for a pathological fear of Halloween is Samhainophobia.
Jack O’Lanterns, according to legend are named after a man who was forbidden entrance to both heaven and hell after tricking the devil more than once. He was condemned to wander earth waving his lantern to stray people from their path.
Teng Cheih is one Halloween festival in China to guide spirits back to their homes, they hang dragon and other animal shaped lanterns outside their home, as well as leaving food and water in front of the portraits of their ancestors.
Rather than celebrating Halloween on October 31st, people dress up as ghouls and roam the streets on November 2nd, which everyone knows as the Day of the Dead.
During the Festival of the Friendly Ghosts food is left out as well as fires being lit to make angry ghost a bit more positive and happier with the living.
One last fact before finishing this blog and tucking into some Halloween themed sweets… wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards on Halloween, tradition says that you might see a witch!
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