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Halloween Events in West Berkshire 2022 | Halloween Meaning and Traditions
Halloween, a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, a holiday observed on October 31, the evening before All Saints’ (or All Hallows’) Day. The celebration marks the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints and initiates the season of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days and concludes with All Souls’ Day. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Halloween Events in West Berkshire 2022 |Traditions
On the week leading up to the 31st of October we decorate our houses to become scary, haunted places, with skeletons hiding in every closet and spiders ready to attack. We carve out the middle of a pumpkin, put a scary face on it with a candle inside and place it outside our door to scare our neighbours.
Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and wearing scary costumes are some of the time-honoured traditions of Halloween. The tradition of carving Jack-o’-Lanterns originated in Ireland using turnips instead of pumpkins.
In order to avoid being terrorized by all the evil spirits walking the Earth during Samhain, the Celts donned disguises so that they would not be mistaken for spirits themselves and be left alone.
There is much debate around the origins of trick-or-treating, but generally there are three theories. The first theory suggests that during Samhain, Celtic people would leave food out to appease the spirits traveling the Earth at night. Over time, people began to dress as these unearthly beings in exchange for similar offerings of food and drink.
The idea of being spooked by black cats’ dates back to the Middle Ages, when these dark felines were considered a symbol of the Devil. It didn’t help that centuries later, accused witches were often found to have cats, particularly black ones. People began to believe that the cats were a witch’s “familiar”–supernatural entities that would assist in their practice of dark magic–and black cats and spookiness have been linked ever since.
The traditional Halloween colours of black and orange also traces back to the Celtic festival of Samhain. For the Celts, black represented the “death” of summer while the orange symbolized the autumn harvest season.
You will also see children walking the streets in frightening costumes, from witches to dead celebrities. They go to a neighbour’s house, ring the bell and when the door opens, say ‘Trick or treat’. The neighbour will then give them sweets and candy and if they don’t, the children can trick them.