We are all aware of the celebration of the festivity of Halloween in the western world, but most of us are ignorant about the history of Halloween. Well, the Halloween day history can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The origin of Halloween lies in the firm belief of Celts that the spirits visited the earth on the 31st of October every year.
Halloween bids goodbye to the summer and harvest season and heads its
way to give a warm welcome to the cold winters. Celts celebrated their
New Year on the 1st of November and they had a strong belief that on the
night before the New Year, the two distinctive worlds of life and death
coincided, with the rise of the dead.
As a part of ancient Halloween customs and traditions, Celtic priests
also known as Druids, built sacred bonfires and people used to gather to
sacrifice crops and animals to the Celtic deities. For the celebrations
of Halloween festival, people wore funny as well scary costumes and
actively participated in spooky house decorations. And it is the
historic event of Halloween that today enjoys the status of being the
second largest commercialized event, next to Christmas.