Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween in the United Kingdom. By Luz

Halloween is a holiday annually celebrated in October 31st, some people hold Halloween on or around this date, where the guests and hosts often dress up as skeletons, ghosts or other scary figures. common symbols of halloween incluide pumpkins, bats and spiders. The three days between 31st October and 2nd November see pagan and christian celebrations interwined in a fascinating way and its a perfect example of superstition struggling whith religions belief. Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as the All Saints’ Day, which later came to be known as All Hallows. Samhain came to be known as the All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween, owing to the fact that it falls the night before All Hallows. The Pope further allowed people to dress up to pay honor to the saints. Soon, the Church came up with a decision to include a second day to the festival. It was to be observed on November 2 and was named as All Souls’ Day. The day was dedicated to the remembrance of the departed souls. The festival marked the reciting of prayers and lighting of candles, to lessen the duration of suffering for the dead, before ascending to heaven. Luz.

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