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Halloween is celebrated on the 31 of October in the United States, Canada, Ireland and England. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Sambain and the Christian holiday All Saint’s Day The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Other World became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through
The word Halloween comes from All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. And the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints).
In ancient times people made fires and danced around them. They hoped to frighten evil spirits and to bring warmth to their houses.
The main symbol of Halloween is a lantern* The lantern* made of a pumpkin. In traditional Celtic Halloween festivals, it was not a pumpkin, but a turnip**. Large turnips were hollowed out, carved*** with faces, and placed in windows to ward off**** evil spirits *a lantern – фонарь **a turnip – репа ***to carve – вырезать **** to ward off – держать на расстоянии
Streets and houses are decorated with pumpkins.
Halloween is time for fun. It is very dear to those who celebrate it, especially to children and teenagers
Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after monsters such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, сelebrities.
Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question -
At Halloween parties children play traditional games. Many games date back to the harvest festivals of very ancient times.