Everyone of you must have been aware of Halloween till now, for the speed by which it is getting popular across the world. It is celebrated in the western countries every year on 31st October and symbolizes remembering the dead, including the saints, martyrs and all faithful departed believers. According to some scholars, Halloween is a Christianized feast that is majorly influenced by Celtic harvest festivals with some pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, while some believe it is purely a Christian affair.
Scary yet interesting, Halloween is celebrated in many offbeat ways in the countries that believe in it. Even parties are organised with particular costumes in which people are dressed up in the form of devils and simply those who resemble the scary. Furthermore, decorations are also done on various places to keep up the spirit of festivities. And yes, not to forget that carved pumpkin. Almost all of you must have definitely seen it somewhere, either on the internet or somewhere else. Those pumpkins are known as jack-o’-lanterns are they are carved in the shape of a smiling monster to make a lantern out of them, which is placed on several places on the eve. Other festive happenings include lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.
The people also attend various church services and light candles on the graves of the dead. Eating meat on this day is not accepted on this day and the people prefer to eat only vegetarian items such as apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.