Ever wondered what the real meaning behind Halloween is?
Halloween is the night preceding All Hallows Day which is November 1st.
This date has long been considered one of the most magical nights of the year, a night where the ‘wall’ that separates the living and the dead is the thinnest.
This night was usually a celebration of being in touch with the spiritual world and many would experience heightened sensitivity around this time.
Today, Halloween is celebrated all around the world with candy, costumes and trick-or-treaters but all this began as a celebration for the dead to return to the living world and reconnect with their families.
The jack-o-lantern was originally supposed to help lost souls and got it’s name from an Irish folk tale about a prankster named Jack.
Jack, was a known trouble maker who was stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Legend states that Jack tricked the devil into a trunk of a tree by carving an image of a cross in the tree’s trunk. His trouble maker ways denied him access to heaven and the devil was so enraged by being trapped that he was also denied access to hell. So, Jack remained a loss soul trapped between two worlds.
In Ireland, people would carve turnips and pumpkins and place candles inside on all Hallow’s eve to help guide Jack’s spirit back home.
Because the veil between the spirit world is more accessible on this night, the tradition of adorning the house in scary looking decorations was said to keep the bad spirits away.
Many cultures around the world continue to celebrate All Hallows Eve in a more traditional way by lighting candles and offering food for their loved ones who may return.
So this Halloween, spare a moment to think of those who have crossed over and send them love and gratitude to help them move on their way.