October is fast approaching and along with it comes the excitement of Halloween for many children and adults alike. It is a popular time for trick or treat, costume parties and school discos. There are many costumes available in supermarkets and online but more and more people are opting to make their own witch, ghost and other ghoulish outfits themselves both so their children have outfits that are different to all the other ones out there and some people are opting for holding their own Halloween parties for their family and friends, with some work places also choosing to hold a social event at this time of year as a way of building positive team dynamics. If you are looking to hold a large party it is definitely worth looking at Mobile Bar Hire Gloucestershire company https://www.wearethemoversandshakers.com/mobile-bar-hire-gloucestershire/ so, you can sit back and enjoy the party.
But why do we celebrate Halloween anyway?
It is thought that Halloween has origins back as far as Celtic times when they celebrated the festival of Samhain which symbolised the boundary that exists between the world of the living and that of the dead. Druids (Celtic Priests) would reside over the event. They believed that on the evening of y 31st October each year ghosts of the dead would revisit earth for one night only. They lit bonfires to protect themselves from evil spirits that may arrive with the spirits. This festival remained in place for many years until after the era of the Romans and Saxons the Christian religion started to spread along with its teachings throughout the country. Along with this came the religions own festivals including that of ‘All Hallows Day’ or ‘All Saints Day’ which was where people who had died for their beliefs were remembered. This was originally celebrated on the 13th May, but it was moved to 1st November by Pope Gregory in around the 8th Century. It is thought that one of the reasons for doing this was to replace the traditional Celtic festival with one that was approved by the church. The night before Samhain became known as ‘All Hallows Eve’ and then later this became ‘Halloween’.
What has remained constant throughout the history of this time of year is the magic and mystery that is linked to this particular evening and the belief that on this night the barrier between the spirit world and that of the mortal world becomes temporarily passable.