Halloween is celebrated on October 31 every year.
As of recent years, Halloween celebration is picking up pace in India. Part of this frenzy can be credited to western films, series and sitcoms. Whatever the reason, the celebration gives desis a chance to get creative (as if they aren’t already).
Although we Indians have accepted this celebration as our own, many of us do not know of its origin. if you’re one of those people, don’t worry. We’ve got all the trivia you need.
Halloween originated in Britain and other parts of Europe as a part of ancient Celtic religion. People belonging to tribes from central Europe, believed that there came a time every year when the barrier between the human and the supernatural realm wore down.
The Celts believed that this phenomenon occurred at the end of every summer. Wearing away of the barrier meant that ghosts and spirits were free to wander the Earth. In order to scare supernatural beings who crossed over during this time, the Celts indulged in a practice which later became a ritual.
To ward of evil spirits and other beings, the Celts would light a huge bonfire. They dressed up in costumes made of animal carcasses and held huge feasts. To add to the story, these practices began getting secularised over the years. The early traditions of the Celts got carried forward by generations and turned into what now can be considered as Halloween.