Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween, the festival of freaks and horrors is celebrated across the world on 31st of October.

The tradition originates with the Celts back in Britain celebrating their fire festival named Samhain on the very same day. This day marked the end of summer and the beginning of a whole New Year. For the Celts this New Year was a time for celebration. The souls of the dead were believed to revisit their homes on this night. Fairies that were perilous and evil got together in their quest to trick people into their fairy mounds and trap them for life. To guard themselves against all such evil spirits the ancient Celts lit huge bonfires on this night, thus calling it the fire festival.

The day is often associated with the colors black and orange which continue to be its trademark till date. A favorite figure of Halloween is the Jack-O'-Lantern, a hollowed out pumpkin carved with a scary face, lit on the inside by a candle.

Students celebrate the Halloween spirit
Kids eagerly look forward to Halloween for the tasty treats the festival brings. The best loved treat being whole apples rolled in sticky sugar syrup and a mixture of nuts. Pies, cakes, chocolates and a lot more delicacies are associated with this festival.

Today, Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing bright costumes and attending parties, ghost tours, having bonfires, visiting haunted attractions and a lot more crazy tricks, which one would possibly not think of.

In Dubai there are several events set up to welcome these wicked spirits, and there is no better place than the bars, hotels and clubs to get into the Halloween mood. Halloween is merely two days away. So what are you waiting for? Don your wackiest costume and put on your ghoulish mask to make it one hell of a night.

By Mrudvi Bakshi