Great memories of Halloween
Since I moved to America, for me and my friends, Halloween was the second celebration of the year, after Christmas, that we were waiting for with months before. Everyone of us is choosing a character in which he wants to disguise himself. Our parents prepare sweets and special drinks and they also wear some similar costumes as us.
I remember that six years ago I have decided to create my costume by myself. I have started with 2 months before to look after materials and paints and so on. I wanted to be Little Red Riding Hood. My parents and my little brother were laughing cause they believe I couldn’t make it. With exactly one day before I finished it. My mother also bought me a costume in case I would not make it. But I wouldn’t have wear it for nothing in the world. I was so proud of my own costume that I could sleep with it. My friends were really impressed with what I have done, I was super happy and my parents proud of me, even though, now, when I look back at my costume I still find it ridiculous.
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Halloween: where it all started…
For those who don’t know yet, it is supposed that the Halloween celebration started in Ireland, in the Celts period. Today, in Ireland, people are doing the same things we are doing in America, for example: dress up in costumes and spend the evening “trick-or-treating” in the neighborhoods, attend parties with neighbors and friends, play “snap-apple”, organise treasure-hunts, eat barn barnbrack, a kind of fruitcake that can be bought in stores or baked at home.
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Halloween in other countries
As in Ireland and United States, also in Canada, the Halloween holiday derives from ancient festivals and religious rituals, including the same traditions as costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games. In Mexico and the other Latin American countries, the day is known as the Day of the Dead, honoring the the deceased loved ones and ancestors.
Also, in Spain, Dia de los muertos or All Souls’ Day takes place on November 2, being a three-day celebration that starts on October 31 in the evening. It is believed that during Halloween, the dead ones return to their earthly homes. A lot of families build a kind of an altar to the dead in their home to honor deceased relatives. They decorate it with candies, flowers, photographs, foods and drinks and fresh water.
Also, during these days, people light candles and incense to help the deceased find the way home. People also tidy the gravesites of their departed family members, decorating the grave with flowers or paper streamers. On November 2, all relatives gather at the gravesite to picnic.
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What about your Halloween?
Because it’s the Halloween evening, I would love to tell me more about the way you chose to celebrate Halloween.
I also leave you here some sources of inspiration: pumpkinpatchesandmore.org, history.com, businessinsider.com