On October 31, people all over the world wear the most scary costumes, lights pumpkin flashlights and celebrate great and terrible Halloween!
Everybody knows about costumes and flashlights, that’s why we dig deeper and collected for you 13 interesting facts about this holiday.
- Americans spend nearly 7 billion dollars for Halloween party and nearly 447 billion dollars for Christmas.
- The holiday comes from Irish. Initially, it was a Celtic holiday, which was called ‘’Samhain’’and was celebrated as a harvest holiday.
- The tradition of knocking the neighbor’s doors with the phrase “trick or treat” comes from the custom of laying out the sweets on the street to please the spirits.
- In some states, children over the age of 12 are not allowed to play “trick or treat“. Teenagers can be fined from $ 100 to $ 1,000 for the walking from door to door.
- The tradition of dressing up in costumes of ghosts, vampires and other evil spirits also comes from celtic beliefs. In this way a person can disguise himself and the real spirits will not notice him.
- The tradition colour of this holiday — orange and black. Orange embodies the harvest, black – death.
- Halloween is in the list of the most common phobias among children. This phobia is called samainofia.
- The first celebration took place in 1921 in the city of Anoka (USA). Since then, this city is known as the capital of Halloween.
- Almost 99% of pumpkins are sold before Halloween and used as ‘’Jack’s flashlights’’.
- The origin of Jack-O-Lanterns comes from a Celtic folk tale of a stingy farmer named Jack who would constantly play tricks on the devil. The devil responded by forcing him to wander purgatory with only a burning lump of coal from hell. Jack took the coal and made a lantern from a turnip, using it to guide his lost soul.
- 48% of adults believe in ghosts, 22% claim to have seen or felt them, and 78% believe in life after death.
- In 2008 the new york’s teacher Steven Clark was got into the Guinness Book of Records. In just an hour he managed to prepare 50 pumpkins for Halloween, that is, he spent a little more than a minute on one festive vegetable.
- «Halloween» — it’s an abbreviation from “All Hallows E’en” (All Saints’ Day).