Halloween is an unknown festival for the majority of Greeks. Most of us don’t even know what is this. The celebration has some elements of a festival of the dead. It is believed that the 31of October all spirits come to Earth and hung around. Maybe this is the reason why most people wear costumes and masks in order to ward off them. Traditionally costumes such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils are common to scare off demons. The term Halloween is shortened from All Hallows’ Even by shortening even, which is the origin of the words “evening” and “eve”.This is from the old English now known as “Eve of” All Saints’ Day. A very common activity for kids which involves hanging up treacle or sweet. These must be eaten without using hands while they remain attached to the string, something which lead to a sticky face. Another game is Apple bobbing, also known as bobbing for apples.Is played by filling a tub with water and putting apples in the water. Apples will float at the surface. Players then try to catch them with their teeth without using their hands. All these costumes are very interesting and make me feel that that world varies so much in each place. It broaden my horizon the knowledge of foreign culture and costumes and make me more open-minded person.
Halloween, an unknown Festival for Greecea November 1, 2009