10 Things You Didn't Know About Halloween

| October 30, 2012 13:30 IST

All of us are aware of the historical significance and different stories about the origin of Halloween. Here are some strange facts associated with Halloween...

1. The Welsh and Celtics believed that the spirits of the dead came to visit humans on October 31st. They would wear masks on that day so they could trick the dead by looking like one of them. That is why people still dress as ghosts on Halloween.

2. According to a popular Halloween folklore, if you see a spider on Halloween, it could actually be a deceased loved one watching over you.

3. Hanging wet bed sheets in front of the fire on Halloween was a popular practice amongst young girls in ancient Scotland. They believed in doing so they would be able to see their future husband's face!

4. According to Irish folklore, witches had two official meetings every year, out of which one happened on the Hallow's eve i.e. Halloween!

5. As per probably one of the creepiest Halloween folklore, if people wear their clothes inside out and then walk backwards on Halloween, they might just come across a real witch at midnight.

6. Since orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and black symbolizes death and darkness, the two colours are believed to symbolize the demarcations between life and death! This is why they have always been associated with Halloween.

7. In some ancient cultures people used to put away all their knives on Halloween because they didn't want to hurt the wandering spirits of their loved ones.

8. In Hong Kong some people burn pictures of fruit and money on Halloween. This is because they believe that this will reach the spirits of their deceased loved ones.

9. As per an Irish legend, the Jack O Lanterns are named after miserly Jack, who tricked the devil and was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was eventually condemned to wander the Earth. Since then his ghost appears on Halloween with his lantern attempting to lead people away from their paths.

10. Believe it or not, but some people have serious Halloween phobia which is called Samhainophobia! (Samhain is an ancient Pagan festival of ghosts, who are said to walk the earth one night of the year.)

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