Day of the dead: Ori­gins of Hal­lowe’en

Why is Hal­lowe’en such a big deal any­way?

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I n the last decade or so, Hal­lowe’en has be­come a huge fes­ti­val in the UK, with mil­lions of Brits choos­ing to dress up in ghoul­ish cos­tumes, head out trick or treat­ing, and throw wild par­ties. But how has this hap­pened – and why? Some tra­di­tion­al­ists turn up their noses, be­liev­ing Hal­lowe’en to be an im­port from the USA, where ev­ery other house is cov­ered with cob­webs and skele­tons, with boxes of candy on the doorsteps, ready to be handed out. In the USA, Hal­lowe’en is largely a cel­e­bra­tion of the fall (au­tumn) – but here in the UK, it has much darker, pa­gan ori­gins…

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