Halloween or hallow e’en, is a holiday that’s celebrated annually on the night of October 31. It was originated in Ireland, and is said to be among the world’s oldest holidays. When it claimed as one of the oldest holiday in the world, it must be some Halloween backgrounds stories happened in the ancient time. I do not know whether the story is accurate or not but still I find it interesting and would like to share with your guys.
A Simple History of Halloween
It has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture). Traditionally, the festival was a time that was used by the ancient pagans to take stock of their supplies and slaughter livestock for winter storage. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundary between the living and the dead dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness (plague) or damaged crops. The celebration of Samhain would frequently involve bonfires, upon which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown; costumes and masks were also worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them. That’s why you can see lots of halloween costumes, halloween decorations, halloween masks, halloween pumpkins, halloween skeleton and halloween parties
History of Halloween in America
Halloween did not become a holiday in the United States until the 19th century due to strict Christian traditions and lifestyles prevented this, and American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th centuries don’t include Halloween in their lists of holidays. The trans-Atlantic migration of almost 2 million Irish in the mid-1850s finally brought Halloween to the United States. By the mid-1900s, Halloween had become engrained in the fabric of American society.
From a commercial perspective, Halloween is now the United States’ second most popular holiday (after Christmas). Here I would like to present you some free Halloween (horrorween) wallpapers for your collection.
Happy Halloween 2009 to all.