On October 31st in different corners of the globe, people celebrate Halloween in myriad ways; from dressing up in scary costumes, carving faces into large vegetables or simply honouring their departed relatives.
The origin of Halloween is, like many festivals, contested but believed to be a coming together of Roman, Celtic and Christian practices. Halloween comes from Hallowed evening, in other words the evening before All Hallows Day (All Saints´ Day).
The timing of the festival coincides with the Celtic celebration Samhain, meaning summer’s end, and the Roman festival Feralia – both of which dealt with the dead. Celts and Gaels believed that the barrier between the living world and the dead became porous so spirits could cross back over.
In the eighth century Pope Gregory IV declared that the 1st November would be All Saints´ Day and 2nd November All Souls´ Day, in a bid to stamp out the pagan festivities – not an entirely successful campaign! Instead, people were to pray for souls and honour the saints.
Honouring the dead and the continuity of life is celebrated in mainland Spain and its islands such as Tenerife. All Saints´ Day (1st November) is a national holiday when families gather at cemeteries decorating them in a dazzling array of flowers. Macabre as it may seem, visiting the cemeteries the following day is a beautiful experience as these walled places of remembrance are alive with blooms.
For more horror- inspired events, a Zombie walk could be just the thing. Frigiliana, voted one of the most beautiful villages in Spain in 2016, is hosting just that on October 22nd. So, if you’re staying at one of CLC World’s Costa del Sol resorts around that time, you may want to pack your zombie outfit!.
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