Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. It was moved to October 31, November 1 and November 2 to coincide with the Roman Catholic festival All Saints’ Eve or All Saints’ Day. Traditions include honoring the deceased with sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed within other deep traditions for honoring the dead.
Here, both in the US and Canada we celebrate All Saint’s Eve, or Halloween on October 31st.
Halloween is actually a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening. According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festival, with possible pagan roots. Other scholars maintain that it has solely Christian roots.
Typical contemporary festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins. Visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Locally we have a zombie dance and we also celebrate Day of the Dead with a party. Do you celebrate October 31st? How?
Happy Halloween everyone!