Halloween Day

Happy Halloween, everyone! Do you actually know what the occasion is about? Pardon me, but I only came to know about it a few days ago, after watching the movie “Trick ‘r Treat.”

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I’d say that it’s just an average horror movie. Can be really complicating and ridiculous, if you don’t pay enough attention to the details in the show. Happened to me and I was jolly well lost in the midst of it. However, I liked the way in which the four stories are linked together. Also gained lots of knowledge about Halloween, from this movie.

So here’s the catch! Halloween is actually somewhat similar to our “Hungry Ghost Festival.” The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Netherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honored and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

And have you ever heard of “trick-or-treat?” Trick-or-treating is a custom for children on Halloween. Children proceed in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as confectionery, or sometimes money, with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” is an idle threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.

As for the jack-o’-lantern, it tells another tale.

An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn’t get down. Another myth says that Jack put a key in the Devil’s pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Another version of the myth says that Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (the Devil could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan.

He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack’s wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped. In both myths, Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well.

Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favourite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern”, or “Jack-o’-Lantern.”

– The above is all adapted from Wikipedia.

So how are you going to spend your Halloween today? As for me, I’ll be heading out in an hour. Gonna go watch “Halloween II!” Hope that my post for today will not bore my readers out. Thanks for reading and goodbye!

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  1. Good afternoon, HAPPY HALOWEEN!

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