Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Whether it is a sacred holiday, honors the spirits of the dead, or the candy costume parties, Halloween - it's time that we look into the life beyond, and are confronted with the strange.

We offer you a deeper dive into the history of the holiday and learn about it some unusual and unexpected things!

10. The religious origins of costumes

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

While modern suits are the epitome of the human imagination, initially they were used for a sacred and serious purpose. One of the earliest of costumes that people put on, comes from the Holy Mass (Hallow Mass), the ceremonial liturgy dedicated to prayers for the dead. People turned to their ancestors for help in literally everything - from a happy marriage before having children - and the costumes were part of this.

Mainstream quick change appeared in the Victorian era, and many began with a poem by Robert Burns (Robert Burns) "Halloween". Initially, the best costumes were those who were the most terrible, which is not surprising. Victorian people were obsessed with spirituality and the afterlife, so the appearance of the ghost costume is quite logical.

9. When Halloween became sexually

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Halloween should be scary, so why do we have to dress up in sexy Nurses and sexy police?

Wearing allows people to push the boundaries. Like almost it was not until the 1970s, and it all started when at one point agreed vibrant culture of the gay community, feminism and the empowerment of women and Treats parades, which were used to demonstrate this newfound freedom. Halloween was a day when everyone can try on the image is not acceptable in any other day of the year, and no one has ever looked back at the origins of the holiday.

8. poisoned Halloween candy

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Horror stories that poisoned Treats sweets handed out to unsuspecting children, are almost complete myth, but on Halloween in 1950, a large number of American children do not feel well. After that fateful October night, many children began to experience problems with the gastrointestinal tract, and skin rashes.

Ill so many children that it drew the attention of the Office of the Food and Drug Administration (Food and Drug Administration (FDA)), which, finally, found that the problem was in the dye "Orange number 1". Even despite the fact that he has already been approved at the governmental level in 1906, numerous studies have found that in the orange dye (and six more other kinds of food coloring) to use products resulting from the processing of coal, which contained the toxic chemical benzene. Only on Halloween so many children eat so many sweets with so much dye, and it has become so bad that it came to the attention of the Office of the Food and Drug Administration.

Tests confirmed that the children feel unwell because of the dye, which did not even need much to kill the rats. The dye was banned, and the rules of the Office of the US Food and Drug Administration has been amended to include color additives in the list of food ingredients which must be indicated on the label.

7. National Day celebration of youth (National Youth Honor Day)

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Today trick-or-treating "Trick or even enchant!" ( "Trick-or-treat"), when the children knocking on the door and demand treats for the holiday, mostly harmless, but it was not always. In Omaha in the 1920s, there were so many cases of vandalism, only 500 teens were detained overnight in the hope that it will help to stop the riots and destruction. In 1938, in Boston, presents awards to schools districts that had the least damage. In 1948, the house of a doctor in Long Island vandals had caused damage in the amount of $ 100,000 at today's money, and it was only one case of Treats riots that took place in North America in the 1940s.

Riots, acts of vandalism, and (in some cases) racially motivated attacks became so much that in 1950, Senate Judiciary Committee (Senate Judiciary Committee) began to seek to get rid of Halloween in general in favor of the National Day celebration of youth. Halloween fans decided that bribing children with sweets much better, and the tradition of "Trick or even enchant!" became popular.

6. "Get the apple" (Bobbing For Apples)

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Even if the game is no longer a part of the majority party and Treats, its origin, as the main element of Halloween, no doubt. The idea goes back to the ancient Celtic festival of "Samhain" (Samhain), marked the end of summer. Then it was believed that not only the Earth go dead, but guessing is particularly effective on this night.

Because Apple has always been closely associated with fertility and the female force fun "Get the apple" has become more modernized version refers to the dead of wisdom. In some areas, girls can put labels on the apples before divination, and depending on what kind of apple they got it, so it was thought, and their romantic future.

Apples in the fall and bloom again revived in the spring, also considered a symbol of rebirth and longevity. Apple peel, thrown to the ground a lonely girl who could tell her the first letter of the name of her future husband. So it was thought, and Halloween magic attached to this belief even greater force.

5. The original jack-o'-lantern (Jack-O-Lanterns)

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

The roots of this tradition go back to ancient Ireland and a story about a man named Jack, who made the mistake of trying to play a trick on the devil himself. Jack was cursed forever wander the earth, and the only thing that lit the way for him - is carved inside a turnip with a burning ember inside.

Peculiar lights looked terrible, and people began to cut them by placing around their houses to ward off evil spirits roaming the earth that night. Unfortunately, the tradition of carving turnips failed after the Americans discovered that the "jack-o'-lantern" pumpkin cut much easier.

4. The real danger for Halloween

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

If the poisoned Halloween candy one can not worry about what is there to worry about? According to research conducted by the US government, the Nationwide Children's Hospital (Nationwide Children's Hospital) and an organization called "Save US children" (Safe Kids USA), the answer is simple: car accidents. Each year die an average of 5, 5 pedestrian on Halloween night under the wheels of cars - as compared with 2, 6 on any other day of the year.

This can serve several reasons. People are not only distracts anything - from other groups of beggars sweets (trick-or-treaters) to Treats scenery, but also the movement and visibility can be easily limited to costumes. At the same time easy to stumble on a long robe, and the children themselves are in unfamiliar areas on another street, and all of this could mean trouble for Treats monsters.

3. All about candy corn

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Corn candy (candy corn) appeared in 1880, and has always been one of those things that most of the people they claim to hate. Those who love them probably already know about the National Day of candy corn on 30 October. Recipe candy corn has not changed: they are still made of sweets, corn syrup, marshmallow cream, vanilla and sugar. In the beginning, when each "grain" was done by hand, their original name was "chicken feed" ( "Chicken Feed").

Initially, the shape and design have been designed to enable the most familiar images of rural America for the food, which was available all year round. Their association with the fall is not accidental, because they were part of a group of chocolates (which also included candy "turnip", "chestnuts" and "clover"), symbolizing the harvest.

According to the National Association of Confectioners (National Confectioners Association), candy corn is a favorite delicacy among hellouniskim colossal 12% of the population.

2. Witch boiler

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

The history and mythology of the boiler includes much more than the stirring of some potion witch brews.

Before the advent of Christianity cauldron symbolized the depths of space. Everything - life, energy, matter, all the physical and spiritual - has come out of the boiler and returned there after death. This made the old woman a powerful figure, controlling the eternal life cycle and supporting it over.

According to ancient Irish legend, the boiler was the site of a deity Dagda and source of all life, especially poetry. Only with the advent of Christianity, the old woman has been discredited, and less than honorable role brew poisons and drugs has been appointed its boiler.

1. Birthday Halloween

Everything you did not know about the history of Halloween

Studies have shown that anyone who was born on Halloween, beat all the odds the strangest way. A study by the School of Public Health at Yale University (Yale School of Public Health) (whose findings are consistent with other independent studies conducted in Taiwan), showed that fertility Halloween drastically reduced. And not only artificial birth or a caesarean section, but also a natural childbirth. In the study of 1, 8 million records about the birth of the 20-year period, it was found that the birth rate for Halloween falls on 11, 3%. Science does not have any explanations, but those who are engaged in the research, think it may be something related to a general sense and, in turn, with the subconscious mindset of people during various holidays. They also found the birth rate by 5% during the Valentine's Day, which gave reason to suspect that Halloween in expectant mothers is depressing thoughts.