Halloween 2009

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Halloween (also spelled Hallowe’en) is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints, but is today largely a secular celebration.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating , wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, [it is] more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain or Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)”. The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”. A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples. A couple in the center play a variant, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string. The couples at left play divination games.The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”.

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces. Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames. Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

Another common practise was divination, which often involved the use of food and drink.

The name ‘Halloween’ and many of its present-day traditions derive from the Old English era.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even, that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hálȝena mæssedæȝ, the feast of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556. Thus there is no evidence of the term for this day before the 16th century Reformation.


Halloween (All Hallows Evening или Beggars Night) — Хэллоуин — ночь перед Днем всех святых (All Saints’ Day). Говорят, Хэллоуину не менее двух тысяч лет. Истоки этот противоречивый праздник берет из кельтской культуры. У кельтов существовали «начала времен года». Их было четыре. Самайн знаменовал собой приход зимы и отмечался 31 октября.

В 7 веке Папа Бонифаций IV утвердил 1 ноября Днем всех святых, желая отвлечь английский народ от языческих обычаев. Позже 2 ноября стало Днем всех душ — когда поминали всех умерших. Однако, традиции сохранились в народной памяти, и победить их до конца так и не удалось.

Сейчас праздник возвращается в Европу, он также популярен и в некоторых азиатских странах. Дети наряжаются в костюмы чудовищ и ходят по соседским домам, требуя сладостей. Также устраивают маскарады и выставляют в окно полую тыкву с вырезанными глазами и ртом и свечкой внутри, чтобы отпугнуть духов.

Кстати, тыква — изобретение американцев. А до того в Ирландии и Шотландии страшные маски, в которые потом вставляли свечки, вырезали из реп и картофелин, в Англии — из свеклы.


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