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.Remind me with Google Calendar
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