Halloween is a traditional festival celebrated on October 31 every year, the evening before All Saints Day in Western Christianity. This is the beginning of the Allhallowtide – the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs and all the faithful departed faithful. The traditional focus of Halloween revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the powers of death”.

The popular view holds that many traditions of Halloween stem from Celtic harvest festivals that may have pagan origins, particularly the Gaelic festival of Samhain, and that this festival was adopted by the Church. early Christianization. However, some academics suggest that Halloween developed independently of Samhain and is solely Christian in origin.

Popular activities during Halloween are trick-or-treat (children come knocking on neighbors’ doors to ask for sweets), costume parties, bonfires, and jack-o’-lantern carving. , apple catching, pranks, watching movies or telling horror stories. In many parts of the world, Christian celebrations of Halloween, such as attending church services and lighting candles on graves, are still common, although in other places Halloween is a world festival. more commercial and customary. Historically, some Christians abstained from meat on All Saints’ Eve, a tradition that led to the custom of eating certain foods on this vigil, including apples, Potato pancakes and soul cakes.