Halloween 2020: In a rare occasion, Halloween will coincide with the Blue Moon on the night of October 31. Beware! According to the NASA, the next Halloween Blue Moon will be in 2039!
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2020 will occur on Saturday, October 31. The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.
Did you know? One-quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.
By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the 400 years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of bobbing for apples that is practised today on Halloween.
Halloween history and 10 fun facts
- The history of Halloween goes back more than 2,000 years.
- Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a pagan religious tradition.
- People would light bonfires and wear unconventional costumes to ward off ghosts.
- According to the history.com, “in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain”.
- The evening before All Saints Day was known as ‘All Hallows Eve’, and later Halloween.
- For countries in the northern latitudes, the day marked the end of summer and the beginning of cold, dark winter when deaths and disease were common.
- Over the centuries, the nature of Halloween celebrations changed. Today, Halloween is synonymous with children getting into spooky costumes and asking for ‘trick or treat’.
- The ‘treat’ is mostly some form of candy or chocolate that are given to children and ‘trick’ refers to a threat – usually an idle one – if something nice is not given.
- ‘Trick or treat’ is said to have been derived from ancient Irish and Scottish practices. According to the history.com, in Ireland, people would put on costumes and go from door-to-door and singing songs to the dead. They received cakes as payment.
- The origin of pumpkin carving also goes back to an Irish myth. Pumpkin carving is a must-do activity during Halloween and this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a great time to enjoy pumpkin carving with your family at home.
Try These 7 Amazing Food Ideas For Your Halloween Party This Year:
Halloween is the time to dress in the spookiest of costumes and indulge in some yummy delicacies! Here are some fun and eerie food ideas to make your Halloween a little scarier!
1. Spooky Cookies
Easy, common and perfect to add a hint of eeriness on your snack table! You can simply use some cream over store-bought cookies to make those eerie smileys on top.
2. Monster Eggs
Carrot eyes on devilled eggs can be as spooky as you want it to be! Play around with chives and sprinkle paprika for bold colour and you’ll have the easiest Halloween snack on the table!
3. Mummy Rolls
Breadsticks or sausages, choose your pick and roll half of it with cheese or tortellini sheet! You can bake it after playing with your choice of sauce as well.
4. Beetroot Juice Syringes
Serve your drinks with a touch of blood, we mean beetroot! All you need is to steal those syringes from your kids’ doctor game and fill those with some blood-red beetroot juice! You can play around with some more of red-coloured veggies like carrot too.
5. Ghost Pizza
Prepare a classic tomato or pepperoni pizza and play around by spreading the cheese in different ghostly shapes!
6. Eerie Macaroon Pops
Top a few chocolate macaroons with Jack’O’Lantern eyes and devil smile with white chocolate ganache! Serve them over sticks on the table.
7. Spider Web Cake
Nothing without the signature cobweb cake on Halloween! Get you classic vanilla cake and ice it with chocolate cream in circles, yes it is that easy to create a cobweb look! Smear some light cuts over the top and your spooky Halloween cake is ready to devour.
Halloween is a traditional festival celebrated across Europe and America on October 31 every year and is fast becoming popular amongst urban Indians too, especially the young ones! People plan spooky-themed parties at home with friends and family, decorate the place with all things scary and dress up to their spookiest best! So if you are planning to have a close-knit Halloween party at home, these easy spooky ideas will spruce up your party menu.