Straddling the line between life and death, fun and horror lies Halloween – the scariest night of the year! Falling on October 31 each year, the celebration, originally known as ‘All Hallows’ Eve’, has evolved a lot since its Celtic origins and official introduction by Pope Gregory III in the eighth century.
The concept of Halloween dates as far back as 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who back then occupied the area that’s now Ireland, Northern France and the UK, celebrated their new year on November 1. For them, this date marked the end of summer and their harvest and the beginning of the long cold winter that they often associated with human death. So, on the night of October 31, they would celebrate Samhain. During this festival, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead would return to the earth.
When the Roman Empire conquered the majority of Celtic territory, Samhain moulded with the Roman holiday, Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans would commemorate the passing of the dead. Over the coming years, multiple holidays joined together and the tradition of bobbing for apples and dressing up started to emerge.
However, it wasn’t until much later, when the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands that the Halloween we know and love really came to fruition. This was during the time of Pope Gregory III who established the feast of All Martyrs Day on November 1. By the ninth century, November 2 had become All Souls’ Day, a day to honour the dead, with the night before it, traditionally known as Samhain, becoming All-Hallows Eve and eventually Halloween.
Over time, Halloween has become a community-based event that’s characterised by child-friendly activities, trick-or-treating and costumes. Celebrated across the world, the festival is associated with shorter days and colder nights as people start to usher in winter (in the Northern hemisphere), while all the way down south in Australia, it’s a great opportunity for kids and adults to dress up, throw parties and eat lollies!
Some common Halloween activities include:
To ensure your retail store is fully-stocked in preparation for the spooky ‘All Hallows Eve’, make sure you stock up on your wholesale Halloween costumes and your wholesale decorations at Dormar Indents.
As one of Australia’s largest Halloween wholesalers, we’ve got a comprehensive range of costumes, accessories and decorations available, all of which will ensure your customers can find exactly what they’re looking for.This entry was posted in Seasonal | .