Halloween around the world in 2019

Halloween around the world in 2019
  How long until Halloween?
This holiday next takes place in 68 days.
  Dates of Halloween around the world
2022 InternationalOct 31
International Mon, Oct 31Not A Public Holiday
2021 InternationalOct 31
International Sun, Oct 31Not A Public Holiday
2020 InternationalOct 31
International Sat, Oct 31Not A Public Holiday
2019 InternationalOct 31
International Thu, Oct 31Not A Public Holiday
2018 InternationalOct 31
International Wed, Oct 31Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of the Halloween festival.

When is Halloween?

On 31 October, many of your colleagues in North America may dress up as monsters and visit neighbours' houses in search of sweets.

The reason for this strange behaviour is Halloween, the unique tradition of celebrating all things scary each year which is now gaining popularity across the world.

History of Halloween

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of the Halloween festival. The Irish tradition dates back to the eighteenth century.

Halloween takes its roots from the old Celtic festival Samhain Eve, when it was believed that the link between the worlds of living and dead was at its strongest. Some scholars believe that Samhain (pronounced sow-in) was the Celtic new year. Samhain means Summer's End and was essentially a harvest festival and a time to ask for supernatural support to get through the coming winter.

Many of the Celtic Halloween traditions live on in Ireland today and were brought to America by Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century.

Nowadays, Halloween has grown to become the second largest commerical holiday in the United States.

Pumpkins

The legend of the Jack O’lantern also goes back to the eighteenth century.

The legend is that an Irish blacksmith called Jack was denied entry to Heaven after he has was found to have colluded with the Devil. He was condemned to wander the Earth and his only light was a burning coal inside a hollowed out turnip. The villagers believed that placing a Jack O’lantern in their window would keep the damned soul of the wandering blacksmith away.

When the Irish immigrates arrived in America and tried to carry on the tradition they found there was not enough turnips and so they resorted to using pumpkins instead.

Trick or treating

In Ireland and England, people would dress in ghost and goblin costumes to confuse the spirits that they believed wandered the Earth on this night, so that they would not think they were human and leave them alone.

Did you know?

Three facts about Halloween

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

86% of Americans decorate their homes in celebration of Halloween

With 2 million annual visitors, 50,000 of which are in costume, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the largest Halloween celebration in the world.

More facts about Halloween

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