What day is Halloween? Origin, meaning, what to eat, what to do?

Halloween

 May 28, 2021, 23 Halloween, also known as the Devil’s Turning Festival, is held on October 31 every year in many countries worldwide. Halloween is considered a New Year’s day, the happiest festival of the year. Especially for young people because of the highly mysterious and attractive activities. To learn about Halloween, the origin, and the meaning of this masquerade festival, please refer to some of the information we share in the article below.

Halloween
Halloween

 

What day is Halloween?

Halloween is an abbreviation of “All Hallows’Eve,” which means the eve of All Saints’ Day. Halloween is an annual festival held on October 31 of the solar calendar. Halloween is a mixture of religious rituals and ancient practices of many different cultures.Previously, Halloween was only celebrated in Catholic Western countries. Today, Halloween has become an annual cultural event that people all over the world look forward to. Wikipedia

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Origin & meaning of Halloween festival

Origins of Halloween

Halloween festival originates from the Samhain festival of the Celts – an ethnic group that lived 2,000 years ago in England, Ireland (Ireland or Ireland), and the North of France. Halloween is celebrated on the last day of October, starting in the evening until 12 midnight on October 31.

Halloween has its origins in Christianity and is celebrated on November 1. The month of prayer for the departed souls. On November 1 every year, the festival of Samhain is celebrated by the Celts to mark the end of summer, the weather gradually turning to winter, and the beginning of a new year. They believe that when summer ends, winter comes darkness will fill and cover on the new year’s eve (October 31).

At that time, the line between life and death will become blurred. On this day, people often put out fires in their homes, dress up as ghosts, and hope that the spirits will ignore them. Since then, there has been the custom of wearing costumes to simulate ghosts, marching around the neighborhoods to calm fears.

Irish legend

According to Irish legend, an alcoholic named Sting Jack stole things and was chased by the people. Along the way, Jack met a demon sent to capture his soul. Jack then tricked the demon into climbing an old apple tree and carved the sign of the cross into the tree so that the demon could not come down. 

The demon begged; Jack made the demon swear never to take his soul. After Jack died, the soul was not allowed to go to heaven because of the sins committed while alive. Because of the demon’s oath, hell also rejected him. That’s why Jack’s soul has to wander, wandering in the world.

Jack asked the devil for some fire to light the way; the devil of pity threw him a lump of coal taken from the hellfire. Jack took a red turnip and hollowed it out into the shape of a demon’s face, placing coal inside. Since then, every Halloween season, farmers in Ireland carve turnip lanterns to ward off Jack’s spirit and wandering ghosts.

Later, the Irish turned the pumpkin into a Jack-O-Lantern, engraved with a creepy human face with a lighted candle inside. Lights lit in pumpkins will be brighter than those lit in turnips, potatoes, or squash. Therefore, the pumpkin has become a symbol of Halloween.

Halloween day is derived from the Celtic festival of Samhain
Halloween day is derived from the Celtic festival of Samhain

Over time, Halloween has become a traditional festival of many countries around the world. It is believed that lanterns made from pumpkins will ward off evil spirits and bring joy to people.

Meaning of Halloween festival

The legend of the greedy, miserly Jack has left many lessons for young people. The habit of being mean and stingy will be a good choice for young people. Not many people know that Halloween also has a profound educational meaning, especially for children.

Educational Meaning

From Jack’s actions and life, a human lesson can be drawn, that is: Life should not be greedy, stingy, stingy. Must have charity, compassion, help those in need.

K should not play with the devil (tricks, tricks, threats, scaring others). The mischievous deeds of the imagination, the intelligence of youth can harm people. If you play and associate with “the devil,” you will be tempted and go on a sinful path.

However, the story of the guy Jack on Halloween night also recorded a fair attitude. The devil knows how to keep his promise, which is “repentance, revenge.” Although the promise made Jack fall into the scene of a “wandering soul” without support. 

Human meaning

If you understand more deeply, perhaps readers can see the human meaning in the story. Have you ever asked yourself: “Why, in the light of science and technology, do European and American countries always dedicate a day to the people of the “underworld” – “represented by Jack”?Jack is just an imaginary character but really embodies life, in the status of lonely people. When he died, his soul was left stranded, helpless because Heaven and Hell both refused. Therefore, in the tradition of European and American festivals, Jack has a day to return to the world. On this day, Jack can live happily and comfortably because the living has dressed up as ghosts to make Jack’s soulless lonely. This is the extraordinary human meaning of Halloween.With this meaning, Halloween and the full moon of the seventh lunar month are considered the day when the two realms of Yin and Yang are reunited in boundless compassion.

What date is Halloween 2021?

Halloween 2021 takes place on Sunday, October 31, 2021
Halloween 2021 takes place on Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween Festival 2021 will occur on Sunday, October 31, 2021 (i.e., September 26 of the lunar calendar).

Halloween food

Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin cupcakes shaped like pumpkins carved with clever faces are indispensable on Halloween. It is believed that placing pumpkins near the windowsill will be able to ward off evil spirits; Bring peace to your home. 

Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin pie

Old Grave Brownie Cake

Ancient tomb brownie is a delicious and unique cake that you can’t miss this coming Halloween. With the bittersweetness of chocolate adding a unique and fancy shape; This delicious cake will surely enrich the dishes on this memorable holiday!

Old Grave Brownie Cake
Old Grave Brownie Cake

Spider cookies

Scary to cute spider cookies with delicious, exquisite flavors will please family members on Halloween. The cake has a light sweetness, crispy spongy, along with the slightly bitter taste of chocolate; your kids will surely love it.

Spider cookies
Spider cookies

Spooky Finger Cookies

On Halloween, delicious, fancy spooky finger cookies to treat your friends to are just right, aren’t they? Unique spooky finger biscuits with delicious, nutritious flavors for the whole family.

Spooky Finger Cookies
Spooky Finger Cookies

Ghost cake

Halloween is coming. Making a simple ghost cake will definitely be a super cute and unique cake to treat friends on this occasion. Crispy, sweet-smelling cakes add a unique, attractive appearance that is sure to make your friends excited.

Ghost Strawberry

Ghost strawberries wrapped in white chocolate with a sour, sweet, and sour taste, easy to make but incredibly delicious. With a lovely appearance, the dish will enrich the dishes in your family’s Halloween season.

Ghost Strawberry
Ghost Strawberry

Skull Pizza

Skull pizza has a lovely aroma with a fancy appearance, greasy cheese, and beef inside. With a very unique shape, this promises to be an excellent dish for Halloween.

Delicious skull pizza
Delicious skull pizza

Vampire Cocktail

A vampire cocktail for Halloween night at home is more impressive with an effortless way to make; it doesn’t take much time. Family members can immediately enjoy this new flavor without having to go far.

Vampire Cocktail
Vampire Cocktail

Spaghetti with blood ghost eyes

The spaghetti sauce with egg-wrapped chicken balls in the shape of creepy blood ghost eyes will surely make everyone howl at the Halloween party. It looks difficult to do, but it’s actually straightforward!

Spaghetti with blood ghost eyes
Spaghetti with blood ghost eyes

What to do on Halloween night?

Masquerade

Halloween is held as an opportunity for attendees to freely show their bravery and ego as well as their hobbies. In the past, the traditional costumes of ghost festivals were ghosts, witches, skeletons, etc.

But now, with the development of imagination, creativity, and the development of the film industry, Halloween characters are constantly expanding, from serial killers, characters in horror movies, etc. In short, Halloween night will be filled with horror, ghosts, mourning, … with the primary color being black – white – orange.

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Trick or treat

The traditional activity on Halloween night for children is Trick or Treat. Children will be dressed in costumes, holding a bag with a ghost pumpkin or wearing a witch’s sack to beg for candy around the neighborhood.

The saying “Trick or treat” is translated as “give candy or be teased” to show the host’s generosity to those children. Otherwise, you will be in the same situation as the stingy Jack. In fact, the owner will be teased by the kids if they don’t give them candy.

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Telling ghost stories

In the creepy atmosphere of Halloween night, a ghost story will make the space even colder. Scary stories about ghostly, supernatural phenomena; Combined with the wind effect, the light will make the listener’s hair shiver, haunting until the following day.

Telling ghost stories
Telling ghost stories

Watch ghost movies at home.

If you don’t want to go out, afraid to go to a noisy, crowded place, inviting a few friends over to your house and watching a ghost movie will be the best idea. It’s okay to watch ghost movies at Devil’s Festival. Spend some time shopping for candies, more elaborately prepare cakes, decorate in Halloween style to match the atmosphere, and find a scary ghost movie to watch. That’s enough for a simple evening, but still very fun and… scared with my friends.

Watch ghost movies at home.
Watch ghost movies at home.

Go to a party

Know the “happy” mentality as well as the excitement of young people on Halloween. Many cafes, public places, or bar clubs… all organize Halloween programs. Because of Halloween in Vietnam, fewer traditional games like foreign countries will focus on music and “eating.”Due to the nature of this holiday, parties often require you to dress up. If you are afraid to wear a lot of makeup or look for costumes, sometimes just a rabbit or bat ear is enough. A fun Halloween night with friends with all sorts of costume ideas, from the simplest to the most sophisticated, is more than enough for you to look forward to, isn’t it?

Conclusion

Indeed through the above article, everyone has understood more about Halloween and related information about this festival. To get into the rhythm of the upcoming Halloween night. Let’s go with relatives, friends, and lovers, dress up, create impressive images to participate in the spooky party of Halloween night! Wish you have a happy and impressive Halloween night with your family and friends.

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