30 October 2009

† All About Halloween: 31st October †

Halloween is a popular festival in the western countries celebrated on the night of 31st October, usually by the children and youngster dressing in spooky costumes, going from door to door collecting candies. Halloween’s theme is often related to scary and spooky stuffs such as zombies, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, witches etc...

Black and orange are the traditional colors of Halloween. There are also elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins and scarecrows, reflected in symbols of Halloween.

In the ancient time, Halloween was celebrated as a traditional festival by the Irish and Scottish. Interestingly, the celebration was somehow containing some elements of death. It was believed that the border between our human world and the spiritual realm of death become thin on the day of Halloween, allowing spirits to pass through (Its very similar to Chinese’s Ghost Month where the door of underworld will be unleashed and spirits will go to the human world).

It was believed that both harmful and non-harmful spirits will visit the human world and thus in order to avoid those harmful spirits from disturbing them, the people must disguise themselves as harmful spirits such as wearing costumes and masks.

Halloween is sometimes believed to be associated with the occult. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is one of the "liminal" times of the year when magic is most potent for example, Catalan mythology about witches and black magic.

Halloween has nowadays becoming a popular festival among the youngster and during the night of festival, most youngsters will make up and disguise themselves as all kind of ghosts and monsters.

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