Did you know?
Halloween got its start thousands of years ago with the Celts. On October 31st, they used to celebrate a holiday known as Samhain and they believed that the dead could walk the earth.
The costumes, Halloween’s most enduring tradition, were donned either to calm the spirits or to blend in with them, so as to not incur their wrath.
When the Romans got into Britain and conquered a large part of the Celtic population, they cleverly blended one holiday with the Celtic Samhain – this roman holiday was a celebration of the dead.
With Christianity , the holiday was changed again and Christians incorporated their own holidays into the Samhain tradition: November 1st became All-hallow’s, a day to celebrate the saints and martyrs, and October 31st became All-hallow’s Even (“Even” being short for “evening,” and providing the “n” in “Halloween”).
In the USA, Halloween was celebrated the same way it was in Europe – mostly in the South, where religious piety was less important.
The immigration in the late 1800s to USA brought a new life to this holiday and through the years, Halloween became less spooky and more like a community feel, like we know it today.
If you’re in Porto and you’re looking for a party to celebrate Halloween, join us on the Pub Crawl tonight and enjoy the craziest and spookiest night in the city.