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History of Halloween

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Halloween is a festival celebrating celebrated every year on October 31, the eve of All Saints. It is done in most Western countries, but is more representative in the United States. In this country, brought by Irish immigrants, she arrived in the mid-nineteenth century.

History of Halloween

The history of this commemorative day is over 2500 years. Emerged among the Celtic people who believed that the last day of summer (October 31), the spirits out of cemeteries to take possession of the bodies of the living. To scare these ghosts, the Celts placed in homes, frightening objects such as skulls, bones decorated pumpkins adorned among others.
Being a pagan festival was condemned in Europe during the Middle Ages, when it became known as Halloween. Those celebrating were persecuted and condemned to the stake by the Inquisition.
Aiming to reduce the pagan influences in medieval Europe, the Church Christianized the party, creating the All Souls Day (November 2).

Symbols and Traditions

This festival, as it related to death in her home, rescues elements and scary images. Are common symbols of this holiday: ghosts, witches, zombies, skulls, monsters, black cats and even characters like Dracula and Frankenstein.
The children also attend this party. With the help of parents, use scary costumes and go door to door in the neighborhood, where they drop the phrase "Trick or treat." Happy, ending the night of October 31, with bags full of sweets, candies, chocolates and sweets.

Halloween in Brazil

In Brazil, the celebration of this date is recent. Has come to our country through the great influence of American culture, especially coming from television. The English language courses also work to spread the party in the national territory, for appreciation and celebrate this date with their students: a form of experience with students to American culture.
Therefore, it was created by the government in 2005
Day Saci (also celebrated in October 31).


The Saci-perer is a legend of the Tupi-Guarani, but it ended up mixing other elements of African and Portuguese cultures.

They say that the SACI - also called "Matitaperê" - is a small black, with one leg, which uses a red cap and smokes a pipe.

Sacis make messes in people's lives, break things, hiding objects, make people stumble, scare the cows on pasture and more, just for fun.

When a SACI is to appear, you hear a whistle long and mysterious. If you want to arrest one of them, just get grab your hood. Sounds easy? Well, try it!


2 x sugar
1 x clear glucose corn (Karo)
3 x roasted peanuts, shelled
1 / 2 tablespoon of bicarbonate (baking soda)
butter for greasing

Mix in a saucepan the sugar, corn syrup and peanuts. Return to heat, and stir occasionally with wooden spoon until it becomes a dark caramel. Remove from heat. Add baking soda and mix well. Spread on buttered marble. If your kitchen does not have a marble countertop, spread on a baking sheet greased with butter. Allow to cool and with a wet knife, cut into squares. Throw on some 100 pieces if you cut small. These feet of SACI, are delicious and can be stored in a can and closed, to remain crunchy. They are a good gift for friends.

Pumpkin Pie

½ teaspoon (tsp) nutmeg
1 teaspoon (tsp) ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tbsp (tablespoons) butter
2 tablespoon (soup) molasses
½ teaspoon (tsp) salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin
mass sanded
2 eggs

Cut the pumpkin into small pieces and cook in boiling water. Beat the eggs. Mix all ingredients (except for mass), pour over the dough previously extended in the pie tray and bake in preheated oven at 250 º C for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 160 º C and cook for another 40 minutes. Stick a toothpick to make sure it is ready. Garnish with whipped cream before serving. Serve hot or cold.



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History Of Halloween