You will prepare and submit a term paper on American Holidays: Halloween. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. The basis of the ritual lay upon the belief that spirits of the dead returned to their earthly form and realm, and had the potential to wreak havoc. On the night of the ritual, Celt priest believed they could communicate with these spirits in order to forecast the events of the New Year (The True History of Halloween 5).
Later the Romans conquered the Celts and in turn incorporated the Celts’ ritual into two of their own. One, which was the remembrance of the dead and was celebrated towards the end of October and the second was a day in honor of goddess Pomona. The identifying form of the goddess was the apple that is a common item for people to bob for in modern-day Halloween. The occasion was held on the 1st day of November and went by the following name – All Saints Day. The name was as a result of the spread of Christianity, and the making of the 1st day of November a holiday by the Roman Catholic Church. the day was also termed as Halloween’s Day and All Hallows Day celebrated with people lighting bonfires, attending parades and dressing up as saints. As time went on, all coinciding festivals and celebrations became one and October 31st eventually became known as All Hallows Eve, Hallowe’en and finally as Halloween. The modern-day Halloween is based on all these influences starting from the Celts’ luck cats, magic, evil spirits and death to the ghosts, skeletons, and skulls of All Saints Day (The True History of Halloween pp 6-7).
There are many symbols in Halloween such as Pumpkins, Witches, Black Cats, spiders, and owls (The Story of Halloween 2). Pumpkins are one of the symbols of a Halloween, and it involves emptying the pumpkin, carving a face, and inserting a candle from the inside in order to make its appearance scary (American Holidays Para 4). Witches are the second Halloween symbol. people would not have fun without witches. .