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It’s Hallowe’en! But why is anybody bothered about it?

Hallowe’en is obviously just around the corner, but why on earth do we actually celebrate this event?

More and more people are getting involved in this fiendish festivity, and it is believed to have dated back to the time of the Celts, who would light fires to get rid of ghosts.

People dressed up as ghouls in the hopes that if any spirits did come to visit them, they wouldn’t recognise them as being living beings and instead let them on their way. People left food outside of their home to ward off any souls from the afterlife, which is probably where the trick or treating element of the tradition began.

The New Year was celebrated on November 1 but the Celts believed that the lines between the living and the dead became blurred on October 31, hence why we celebrate everything otherworldly on this special day.

It was older people who were involved in this tradition every bit as much as the younger generation, and of course, it is our children who now largely celebrate Hallowe’en, although there will be a fair few adults who still enjoy the evening.

As time has progressed, it has become less about the religious side of things and more to do with the community feel, with people getting together to go from door to door to try to get as many sweets as possible.

With people from Britain emigrating to America, the tradition was also taken on by kids over in the U.S., who went out trick or treating in the way that people will assimilate Hallowe’en with today.

Today, America is estimated to spend around $6billion on this festivity. Only Christmas beats it in terms of the annual celebrations celebrated in the country.

So with the money it brings in, Hallowe’en certainly shows no signs of going away any time soon.

 

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