Celebrated on 31 October, the day before All Saints’ Day, Halloween is a pagan festival whose rituals vary from country to country. Where does this holiday come from and how is it celebrated?
The origins of this festival can be traced back to the Celts, about 600 years ago. The Celts celebrated the new year at the beginning of November.
The English word Halloween is a kind of shortening of the expression “All Hallows Eve”, which means “the evening of all the saints”, i.e. the eve of All Saints’ Day, on 31 October!
Originally, the symbol of Halloween was… a turnip!
It comes from the legend of Jack-o’-lantern (Jack with a lantern, the character who inspired The Strange Christmas of Mr Jack!), condemned to wander eternally in the darkness between hell and heaven by lighting himself with a firebrand placed in a carved turnip.
The turnip was gradually replaced by the pumpkin, which grows in October and is much easier to carve! It was the pumpkin that gave the current version of Halloween its orange colour.
In the United States, Halloween is celebrated throughout the month of October. It is as important a holiday as Christmas is for us.
It has also taken off in France. Houses are decorated, children dressed up go from house to house asking for sweets.
More and more people are “playing the game” to the delight of young and old alike.
In your establishment, do not hesitate to mark the occasion with this festival. This allows you to change the decoration, to offer original products and to bring in new customers.
Enjoy it and have fun!