The Vast History of Halloween
By: Roshni Patel
What is Halloween?
The history of Halloween has a vast background that includes old traditions like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. It is one of the world's most celebrated and enjoyable holidays. In the past it was linked to Christianity, now it has moved away from a religious belief to a commercial belief.
Secondly, A tradition that have been going on for years is carving Jack-o-lanterns
(History.com). It originated from an Irish myth of a man named Stingy Jack. As the myth goes, Jack tricked the devil many times and god did not like that. When Jack died he was not allowed to go to heaven or the underworld. He was left wandering the streets with a Piece of coal burning in a Turnip. The Irish and Scottish began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them on windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In the 21st century, people carve Jack-o-Lanterns for fun and decoration.
Finally, one the most celebrated tradition is trick-or-treating. It started in Ireland when the poor would ask for food from the rich Irish homes.(Live science)They would give them Soul cakes. In return the beggars would have to pray for the homeowners deceased ancestors. This tradition was brought over to the U.S. by the Irish. Now, Instead of giving Soul cakes, many families give candy or sweet treats.