13 Halloween facts you didn’t know

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Halloween is one of the most curious holidays. This small celebration of immigrant origin today is a popular holiday in the United States, but where did it all come from? Let’s find out.

1. Every year, Americans spend about $7 billion on Halloween.

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2. Halloween is both an ancient and modern holiday. Its roots are traced in the Celtic-Irish holiday Samhain.

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3. “Samhain” means “the end of summer”, it was celebrated from the evening of October 31.

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4. It was believed that evil spirits and fairies would arrive on this night, and, in order to drive them away, people made giant fires.

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5. Halloween–an abbreviation of the “eve of all saints”, this is a Catholic holiday dedicated to the memory of saints. In the photo: lighting candles in honor of all the saints in Stockholm.

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6. Many Halloween traditions are in fact Catholic in origin. For example, a slotted pumpkin symbolizes the soul in purgatory.


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