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Halloween Coloring book

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Halloween’s history

Halloween is celebrated on October 31 and is very popular in Anglo-Saxon countries (countries in North America, with English as the main language).

Several countries in the world celebrate this date with festivities and games, where children and adults dress up as monsters and go out to have fun. In the United States, for example, this culture is much more used and significant for the population. The date is considered a national holiday and most of the people are in every mood, presenting clothes and accessories, decorating houses and gardens, as well as the tradition of children asking for sweets in the neighborhood.

Where does it come from?

According to historical data, the origin of Halloween comes from the ancient Celtic festivals that began around the 5th century BC. The annual festival was called Samhaim, marking the New Year and the arrival of winter.

The celebrations began on October 31 and lasted for three days. For the Celts, this era meant the approximation of the real world to the “other world”, where the dead live. They believed that the dead returned to visit their homes, cursed their animals and crops. The symbols that are currently used on Halloween were made by the Celts to ward off evil spirits.

Symbols and colors

The tradition of symbols and colors started by the Celts and continued to this day: Halloween is mainly linked to the colors orange and black, since the festival of Samhaim took place in early autumn, where the leaves turned orange and the days darker.

the Celts inserted candles into hollow turnips to scare away evil spirits, and over the years the Americans were replaced by large gourds with carved faces.

People also wore masks and fantasies, as they thought that spirits would not recognize them as humans; Samhaim festivals used large bonfires, which ended up attracting many bats, so the bat is also part of the symbology; the skeleton was one of the ways in which they thought the dead could appear; among other objects.

In the Middle Ages (5th and 15th centuries), the Catholic Church renamed the holiday as the day of the witches, which considered the celebration as an act of heresy (anti-Christian). People who celebrated such a date were persecuted and condemned to make bonfires by the Court of the Inquisition. To diminish the influences considered pagan, the Church instituted the “Day of the Dead” on November 2.

Pope Gregory III changed the “All Saints’ Day” from May 13 to November 1, with the aim of Christianizing the pagan festival of Samhaim. As the date preceded the feast of Samhaim, it was renamed “All Hallows Eve”, which means All Hallows’ Eve. Over the years, the term “All Hallows Eve” has been changed to Halloween.

Under the influence of the Catholic Church, the figure of the witch and her artifacts, such as a broom and a black cat, are also part of the context and tradition of Halloween.

The origin of “Trick or Treat”

Trick or Treat came from Ireland in 1910. According to legend, a man led a procession to collect offerings from farmers, informing them that the purpose was to keep their crops from being cursed by Devils. In fact, the blackmail to get the food, leading to Trick or Treat on Halloween.

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