When is Halloween 2024?
Every year on 31st October, the day is celebrated as Halloween. A day in the year dedicated to remembering to be the departed souls, martyrs, and saints (hallows).
This day is mostly celebrated in the US and Canada. Children dress up as vampires, witches, ghosts, or even angels for Halloween and Go to people's homes for candies or sweets by saying "Trick or Treat."
Christians also celebrate the scariest night of the year as the Eve before All Saints' Day. A three-day celebration of Allhallowtide includes the three days – 31 October as Halloween Day, 1 November as All Saints Day, and 2 November All Souls Day.
History of Halloween:
The origin of the tradition was influenced by the ancient Celtic Harvest festival of Samhain. However, Halloween began the celebration as a Christian holiday, being the procession of All Hallow's Day. Where people light bonfires and wear costumes to look like Ghosts, Angels, or Saints. Pope Gregory III, In the Eighth century, has decided to dedicate November 1 as a time to remember and honor all the saints. The Night before All Saints Day is known as All Hallows Eve, later known as Halloween. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (Children go door to door in Costumes asking for Candies), carving jack-o-lanterns (a scary face carved on a Pumpkin), Wear Halloween costumes, Festive parties, and eating traditional Halloween treats.
Some people believe that Halloween was a day when spirits could convey a message to people. It was customary for bachelor girls in some regions to pour molten lead into the water. The form in which the lead accumulates is observed as an indication of their future husband's occupation. Irish and Scottish immigrants brought Halloween to Canada.
Is Halloween a statutory holiday in Canada?
Halloween isn't a statutory holiday in Canada. Some communities organize Halloween parties, but these usually do not disturb the usual routine. But this day is celebrated across Canada. Still, no paid leave is approved for these days.
What opens or closes on Halloween?
As mentioned above, Halloween is not an official public holiday. All schools, banks, organizations, businesses, stores, shopping malls, attractions, and post offices are open. Public transport services operate on their regular schedule.
How do Canadians celebrate Halloween?
Halloween makes all things scary and mysterious. The primary occasion is trick-or-treating, where children dress up in Halloween-themed clothes and roam around in their neighborhoods overnight and take sweets from neighbors. Nowadays, it has become trendy for teenagers to celebrate it by setting off fireworks, firecrackers, and hosting late-night costume parties.
On this day, creepy decorations of pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts, witches, wizards, animals like black cats, bats, spiders, and other such creatures will appear everywhere. Party people use black and orange colors for their party themes.
People use the hashtag #halloween on social media to mark this day and send Halloween messages to their friends, family, and colleagues. Every year the Halloween festival is growing significantly in Canada in terms of consumer spending and public participation, with the day being celebrated as the second-largest holiday after Christmas.
Children also participate in educational and fundraising activities in schools, such as pumpkin-carving events, pumpkin art & craft tours, a reading contest, and figurative walks. On this day, people consume Halloween food, including candies in Halloween design packets, caramel apples, roasted corn, popcorns, Halloween beer, and pumpkin pie.
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