13 facts about Halloween, which you did not know
• 13 facts about Halloween, which you did not know
Halloween - one of the most interesting events. This is a small celebration with an immigrant background represents today one of the most popular festivals in the US, but how he did come from? Now you find out!
Each year, Americans spend about $ 7 billion on Halloween.
Halloween - both ancient and modern holiday. Its roots can be traced to the Celtic-Irish festival Samhain.
"Samhain" means "summer's end", it was celebrated in the evening on 31 October.
It was believed that evil spirits fly and fairies in the night, and to drive away them, people bred giant bonfires.
Halloween - an abbreviation of "Eve of All Saints", is a Catholic holiday, dedicated to the memory of the saints. In the photo: the lighting of candles in honor of All Saints in Stockholm.
Many Hallowe'en tradition actually Catholic in origin. For example, pumpkin with slots symbolizes the soul in purgatory.
Walking on the neighbors for sweets and gifts has its roots in the Middle Ages, and was done in the most Christian holidays.
In Scotland mummers went for Christmas, sang and asked gifts. In New York, children dressed in costumes for Thanksgiving and Gypsies gifts from vendors to the 30s.
The first printed mention of the "Trick or Treat" dates back to a 1939 - in American Home Magazine.
The tradition of dressing in costume originates from medieval masquerades and masks Guy Fawkes (November 5).
In the poem Helloween (1785), the Scottish poet Robert Burns did not mention the costumes, however, it popularized the celebration outside Scotland.
Once Halloween was celebrated in the United States as a day of Scottish pride - similar to the way the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Hallowe'en witch earlier depicted in different colors. Black became the most popular after the success of "The Wizard of Oz."