Happy Halloween! 5 Facts You Might Not Know About This Holiday

Happy Halloween! 5 Facts You Might Not Know About This Holiday

Halloween is second most commercially successful holidays behind Christmas. With its popularity, Halloween traditions are well known around the world but here are a few facts that you might not know about this holiday:

Samhain

Halloween originates from an ancient holiday called Samhain which took place in Ireland. Samhain translates to “summer’s end” and starts the beginning on winter and the Celtic year. The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when the dead could walk among the living. Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who celebrated the fall harvest.

Black & Orange

Black and orange are the most popular colors signifying Halloween. Orange is the color associated with the Fall Harvest and is a symbol of strength and endurance. Black is associated as a symbol of death and darkness.

Jack O’Lanterns

Jack O’Lanterns are a famous symbol of Halloween. They originated in Ireland where people used hollowed out turnips with candles inside as lanterns to ward off spirits during the Samhain holiday.

Owls

Owls are another popular Halloween image. In Europe, owls were thought to be witches. If you heard an owl’s call, it meant that someone was about to die.

Trick or Treat

Trick or treating has existed since medieval times, originally called “guising” or “souling”. Children and adults wore costumes and begged for money or food in exchange for songs or prayers during Samhain.

Happy Halloween from us at Same Day Translations!

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