Thursday, November 02, 2006

History of Halloween

I have to do a presentation for my Japanese class next week, and I decided to do it on Halloween.


Halloween originated as a Pagan festival among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain.

The term Halloween, is shortened from All-hallow-eve, as it is the evening before "All Hallows' Day" (also known as "All Saints' Day").
ハロウィーンと言う言葉は短縮形です。“All-hallow-eve”の話から来ました。”Hallow”と言うケルト語の言葉は英吾で“Saint”です。ハロウィーンは“All Saint Day”の前夜です。

But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (pronounced sow-en), the Celtic New year.
紀元前5世紀にケルトのアイアランドの新年は11月1日でした。ケルトの新年は“Samhain (sow-en)“と言いました。

One story says that, on that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year.

The custom of Pumpking lanterns probably comes from Irish folklore. There was a man named Jack, and he was a bad person. He was always drinking and creating mischief. Once, he even played some mischief on the devil.

When he died, he was not allowed into heaven because he was bad. But he was also not allowed into hell because he tricked the Devil. Instead, the devil gave Jack a single ember to provide light, which was put inside a hollowed out turnip to protect it from the wind.

When the custom came to America, they started using Pumpkins for Jack-O-Lanterns, which were much more available than turnips.

“Trick or Treat”
In the middle ages, people were doing somethingc alled “Soulings”. Poor people would go around and beg for food in exchange for praying for the people who gave the food.

Over time, the beggars turned into children, who would beg for things like money, apples, and buns.

During the Pioneer days of the American West, the housewives would give the children candy to keep from being tricked. The children would shout "Trick or Treat!" The "trick" part of "trick or treat" was a threat to prank.
アメリカに主婦はお菓子をくれるといたずらしません。子どもは“Trick or Treat”を叫びます。



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