The Halloween It is celebrated on October 31, and its main activity is to go out into the streets dressed up to ask for sweets in the neighborhood houses.
In the United States it is common to see children running from door to door only on October 31; however, in Mexico this celebration lasts until November 1 and 2.
Here we tell you about this sweet tradition and its remote origin, and how this celebration came to our country.
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Origin of Halloween
Its history dates back to the Celtic culture, which used to celebrate the end of the year, or Samhain, on October 31, when, according to their beliefs, the dead returned to take over the soul of the living.
To save themselves, the Celts wore terrifying masks so that the dead would be scared and not take their souls
Both dead and malevolent spirits had a defiant attitude, so it was customary to give them an offering so that they would not do damage or “mischief”, such as droughts or diseases in livestock.
This tradition survived over the centuries, forming part of folklore in different areas of Europe. Both the ritual and the beliefs were turning into a game, in which the children dress up and go trick-or-treating, at the risk of not being hit, a little mischief occurs to the inhabitants.
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How did you get to Mexico?
In our country, since pre-Hispanic times, we have our own celebration to remember the deceased, the Day of the Dead. However, Halloween has been celebrated in Mexico for several decades.
Believe it or not, we owe it to the ancient Romans to know this tradition. They invaded the Celts, took this holiday as their own, changing its rite and meaning.
With the spread of Christianity in Europe, the Church changed the meaning of this tradition, calling it “All Saints’ Day.”
Much later, in the s. In the 19th century, Irish Catholics immigrated to the United States, bringing with them the tradition of dressing up to ask for sweets from house to house. And on the night of October 31 it became known as “Halloween.”
Being a neighboring country, Halloween did not take long to arrive in Mexico, especially since the Day of the Dead is quite close to October 31, therefore, both celebrations coexist during these days.
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