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Halloween has been making amazing progress!
in Italy it is a big party...
Halloween is an annual holiday observed on october 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saint's Day. Today it's largely a secular celebration. The word Halloween is first attested in 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (evening)-a night before All Hallows Day. Halloween has its origins in the Catholic Church.
Concerns about the celebration of Halloween festivities today in the modern world have led to some changes, though it remains a popular celebration. Halloween is especially popular in Ireland, where it gave rise to a public holiday, and in most parts of America. Also, Halloween has become another very important day in the commercial promotions calendar.
But if we search back in the history, there are different versions of the story. One say's that, on that day the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The celts believed all lows of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living.
Of course, the still-living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes, to make the cold and undesirable. Than they would dress up in all manner of ghoulish costumes and noisily parade around the neighborhood being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess. Some accounts tell how Celts would burn someone at the steak who was thought to have already been possessed, as sort of a lesson to the spirits. Other accounts of Celtic history debunk these stories as myth. The Romans adopted the Celtic as their own. There are other Roman traditions that took place in October, such as their day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddes of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, which might explain the origin of our modern tradition of boobing for apples on Halloween.
Here in Italy , Halloween has been making amazing progress over the past 8 years. And according to research, italian searches for Halloween are more concentrated, and much more higher than popular “Carnevale” (famous holiday 40 days before Easter).
For a full 24 hours, italian streets will be flooding in dead corpses that walk, and witches...who knows, maybe they will be on the hunt for something sweet!
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