Whether you’re looking for a spooky, sexy, or sophisticated look, Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s best to start brainstorming costume ideas now. The holiday, celebrated by many with carved pumpkins and sugar overload, falls on the same date each year: October 31.
It is an opportunity for children and adults to become someone else, dress up in wigs and makeup and take part in the rites of the first autumn holidays.
If you’re already making plans for this year, here’s what you need to know about Halloween 2022 and why we’re celebrating it.
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When is Halloween 2022?
Halloween will be Monday, October 31, 2022.
That stands for “Halloweekend,” the popular term coined for the Saturday and Sunday closest to the holiday that costume, candy and grog enthusiasts can celebrate outside of work will be October 29 and 30.
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What is Halloween and why do we celebrate it?
The history channel reports that Halloween as a holiday originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts believed that October 31 was a day when the lines between the world of the living and the world of the dead could be blurred and the ghosts would return to earth. To protect ungodly spirits from, the Celts founded the festival of samhain which consisted of lighting bonfires and dressing up.
Later, in the 8th century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saints’ Day, intended to be a celebration of all earthly deities. The day before was called “All Hallows Eve”. Over time, the Celtic and All Hallows Eve traditions blended together and eventually evolved into the modern day Halloween.
The unique American celebration of Halloween arose in part when different groups of Europeans immigrated to the US, particularly the Irish, and their traditions mixed with those of the American Indians. In the 19th century, new traditions including ghost stories, harvest festivals, and even trick-or-treating were beginning to gain popularity.
In the 1920s and 1930s The history channel reports that the holiday was in many ways removed from its hyper-religious past and turned into a more secular, community-based celebration.
Today, Halloween is somewhat removed from religion, although it is still a violation of certain religious doctrines. It has become a commercial boon for candy and costume vendors, and an occasion for Americans to celebrate late into the night.
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