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The meaning of Halloween

Autumn unfurls its golden and crimson tapestry across the forests, as the nights slowly lengthen. We are approaching Halloween, a celebration of Celtic origin surrounded by mysticism.

The Celts considered this time of the year to indicate the culmination of summer, the end of the harvest, and the onset of cold and darkness. On Halloween night, the Celts believed that the veil between the earthly and spirit worlds was thinner, allowing souls to roam the world of the living. It is a festival to honor and remember our ancestors, sharing their stories by the warmth of a bonfire, or by candlelight.

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Origin of Halloween

Have you ever wondered what is the real meaning of Halloween, and all the folklore surrounding it, such as costumes, trick-or-treating, or pumpkins?

Halloween, beyond the commercial meaning it has today, is a holiday with roots that go back to ancient Celtic culture. It is a holiday originating in the regions now known as Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, where Samhain was formerly celebrated.

Samhain marked the end of summer, the beginning of the cold, the longest nights and winter. A time of the year that, for the Celts, was associated with death and spirits. The Celts believed that, during the night of Samhain, the boundary between the world of the living and the dead faded away, allowing spirits to return to the earthly world.

Origin of the name “Halloween”.

With the spread of Christianity, some traditions such as Samhain were seen as pagan, and began to merge or be diluted with the prevailing religion, Christianity, which was spreading throughout Europe. In the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day, and the eve of this day, October 31, became what we know today as Halloween.

In English, “All Hallows’ Eve” translates as All Hallows’ Eve, which over time, gave rise to the name we know today as “Halloween”.

Origin of Halloween traditions

The candy, hollow pumpkins, costumes and other traditions and folklore attributed to Halloween have their origins in ancient rituals and customs:

Colors orange and black

The colors orange and black symbolized autumn, harvest time, and death. Together they represent the essence of an ancestral festivity to celebrate the cycles, both of the change of seasons and of life.

Halloween Costumes and Masks

The custom of dressing up in costumes on Halloween comes from the ancient Samhain. During this festivity, it is said that the Celts disguised themselves or dressed in different costumes to pass unnoticed among the spirits.

Trick or treat?

There are several theories about the real origin of trick-or-treating. One version says that, on Samhain, the Celts left food outside, to appease the souls that wandered that night. It could be that the tradition evolved, and people began to dress up in costumes to order food.

Another interpretation is linked to the practice of “guising”, a Scottish variant of “souling”. In medieval times, children and adults would ask for food and coins in exchange for blessings for souls on All Souls’ Day, which was called “souling”. In exchange for prayers, soulcakes and other offerings were given. Later, it evolved into practices such as “guising”, a version in which, instead of praying, games, jokes, songs or tricks were played, giving rise to today’s trick-or-treating.

What is a contemporary “invention” is Halloween candy. It seems that in the past they used to give fruits, nuts (let’s not forget that it is the end of the harvest season), coins or toys. It was in the mid-twentieth century when companies saw in this holiday the opportunity to sell candy, which marketing turned into the most desired tribute.

Bonfires and candles

The Halloween bonfires respond to the ancient Celtic tradition, in which large bonfires were lit to illuminate the darkness and guide the souls seeking the afterlife.

These bonfires probably also served as a gathering point for communities, a time to share stories and reminisce about ancestors.

Over time, bonfires have evolved into the subtle and contemplative light of candles, which are still lit on Halloween to remember, honor and illuminate those who are gone.

Jack-o’-Lanterns

Making lanterns out of empty pumpkins, known as “Jack-o’-Lanterns,” has its origins in an Irish folk legend about a man named Stingy Jack.

The story goes that Stingy Jack tricked the devil on several occasions, so that he could not take his soul to hell. However, when Jack died, he was not admitted to heaven either, due to his life of deceit and wickedness. Therefore, he was condemned to wander the Earth eternally. The devil, to taunt him, gave him a burning ember, which Jack placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to use as a lantern to guide his way in the dark.

Over time, this folklore became a popular tradition in Ireland and Scotland, where lanterns were made by hollowing out turnips, beets and potatoes and carving scary faces into them to ward off evil spirits. When the Irish and Scots emigrated to North America, they brought this tradition with them. Pumpkins, native to the Americas, were larger and easier to carve, so they began to be used in place of other vegetables, giving rise to the modern tradition of the “Jack-o’-Lantern,” made from pumpkin.

Jack-o-Lanterns
Jack-o-Lanterns

Bats, black cats and spiders

There are several possible reasons why these nocturnal animals have become associated with Halloween. The bonfires lit on the ancient festival of Samhain attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats. Therefore, bats could have been very present during these celebrations.

In the Middle Ages, both bats and black cats were associated with witches, and it was even said that witches could transform into these animals. In addition, the color black itself is related to death, darkness and mysticism.

On the other hand, spiders are enigmatic animals, to which have been attributed meanings such as the idea of destiny, as weavers of the web of life.

These associations, reinforced by centuries of folklore and superstition, have led to these animals becoming symbols of witchcraft and Halloween, and all that surrounds this holiday.

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In short…

If you thought Halloween was just a commercial holiday of costumes and candy, we hope you will now look at it with different eyes.

It is a celebration that goes back to antiquity, to the connection between life, death, natural cycles and the mystery that surrounds them. A time to remember and honor the ancestors, to feel the magic that is hidden in each new cycle, and, if possible, to be by the light of a bonfire, or candles, with your loved ones.

The day after Halloween night is a special date, an occasion that invites to gather around the table and savor the harvest, sharing a pleasant conversation. Happy Halloween, Cannactivist!

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