The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.
Từ Halloween được viết rút gọn từ nhóm chữ “All Hallows’ Eve”, nghĩa là “Đêm vọng Lễ Các Thánh”.”Đêm vọng Lễ Các Thánh” là một lễ hội truyền thống được tổ chức vào ngày 31 tháng 10 hàng năm, vào buổi tối trước Lễ Các Thánh trong Kitô giáo Tây phương, tức ngày 01 Tháng Mười một.. ( Xin đọc tiếp phần tiếng Việt bên dưới).
Halloween or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween. Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes.
Halloween ou l’Halloween (usage canadien)
est une fête originaire des îles Anglo-Celtes, célébrée dans la soirée du 31 octobre, veille de la Toussaint. Son nom est une contraction de l’anglais All Hallows Eve
qui signifie The Eve of All Saints’ Day en anglais contemporain et peut se traduire comme
« la veillée de la Toussaint ».
more “Halloween – Lễ Trái Bí Tây” – Trick-or-Treat”