We celebrate Halloween on October 31st, when young children usually dress up in something “scary” and visit homes picking up a lot of sweets, saying the phrase “trick or treat”.
Many cultures consider Halloween to be a day when they can come in contact with spirits. It is a night when the dead could return to the land of the living to celebrate with their family or tribe.
A Halloween ritual involved looking in front of a mirror at midnight holding a lighted candle so that the future spouse would appear in the mirror, a ritual that turned into a scary version called Bloody Mary. This version says that a witch who lived in a forest was known to the villagers as Bloody Mary and killed the little girls of the village while taking their blood to be revived. The witch was eventually arrested and burned at the stake. But while she was burning and suffering from pain, she gave a curse according to which, whoever looked in a dark mirror and said her name, would die of horrible tortures. “From that day on, whoever said the name Bloody Mary three times in a dark mirror would summon the witch’s vengeful spirit.”
HALLOWEEN & COVID 19
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
HALLOWEEN IN GREECE
It is celebrated in many countries around the world. Now, recently, Halloween parties have started to take place in Greece as well.
A little pagan, a little Christian, but I like it. I also like the idea of celebrating our dead with something that brings us joy and not sadness.