What day does Halloween fall on this year, and what is the meaning behind it?

 With the new school term in full swing, and the night’s already drawing in, that means just one thing - the spooky season is just around the corner! We here at Love Leggings love getting into the Halloween spirit, as it gives us a great opportunity to dress up in some of our bolder shades, something which we are a big fan of here!

We’ll be sharing some of our top costume ideas in the next few weeks, for you and your little ones, to make sure you have a stress-free, fun Halloween period, but when you’ve been enjoying the holiday with your friends and family, have you ever thought about how the Halloween holiday came about?

Halloween, also know as All Hallows’ Eve, is a celebration celebrated on 31st October by a variety of different countries, the day before the Christian feast of ‘All Hallows’ Day’. The term ‘hallows’ refers to the saints celebrated during the three-day period of ‘Allhallowtide’, which is the time of the year for remembering the dead, which includes saints, martyrs and all the others departed from this world. 

There have been plenty of discussions surrounding how what we know as Halloween today first originated, with many historians arguing its ancient Celtic roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, whereas others have said it Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, completely separate to Samhain and other pagan festivals. 

Along with the fun activities of trick-or-treating, costume parties, carving pumpkins to ‘jack-o-lanterns’ and apple bobbing, more religious people will go to church services and light candles on the graves of the dead, although today it is mainly a commercial holiday. 

In Britain and Ireland during the 17th – 20th centuries, Halloween had a very different meaning, with the evening of the holiday said to ‘foretell one’s future partner or spouse’, including one tradition, which would need an unmarried women to sit in a dark room on Halloween night, gaze into a mirror and the face of her future husband would be looking back at her! This was such a common festivity at the time, this idea was commemorated on greetings cards from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

This year, Halloween will fall on a Thursday, so the weekend’s not too far away, meaning you can go out in your favourite costume, play dress up with your little ones and decorate your home with some spooky accessories to celebrate the Halloween season!

 We’d love to see how you’ll be dressing up this Halloween, so be sure to share your images with us in the comments!

 

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