Halloween Date in the current year: October 31, 2016

Halloween Halloween is known around the world and it's celebrated on October 31 in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries. It has became commercialized by American pop culture, but rarely anybody remembers, that it has got pagan and Christian roots.

It's believed, that Halloween was created after the merging of a pagan festival Samhain, celebrated on October 31, and a Christian feast of All Souls' Day, observed on November 2, becoming All Saints' Eve or All Hollows' Eve. Many Halloween customs have Celtic roots, including lighting bonfires. Disguising oneself in scary costumes origins from Christian custom of souling, when the criers dressed in black to parade the streets..

Modern Halloween has lost its pagan and Christian meaning. It became widespread in the USA, where it had been popularized by Irish and Scottish immigrants. Later Halloween spread from the USA to other countries around the world. It's traditions are widespread and everyone loves trick-or-treating, jack-o'-lanterns, special decorating of the houses and costume parties.

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