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Halloween: Time of celebration and superstition

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 12:21:00 AM

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is a yearly holiday observed around the globe on October 31. The date was chosen because it was thought that it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth on this particular day. It is believed that it has roots associated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

Christian attitudes towards Halloween are diverse. They pray, fast and attend worship services at the time of Halloween. In addition to that Halloween is a time of fun. It includes a large set of child friendly activities which consists trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.

Apple bobbing is a very popular game played at the time of Halloween. In this particular game apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin.

It is believed that the souls of the departed wandered the earth and take vengeance on their enemies before moving onto the next world. To avoid being recognised by a soul, Christians would wear masks and costumes to disguise themselves. This is very popular among the children. It has become a custom that children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money.

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