Google Celebrates Halloween With a New Doodle
Are you feeling the Halloween spirit, if not yet, maybe this Google doodle can help?
Everywhere is full of Halloween decorations. Every fast-food restaurant, every clothing brand and every other brand released Halloween collections. After all, it's the spookiest season of all year.
As everyone is busy putting together their costumes for Halloween parties and other festivities, Google also dressed up its logo. It has a new doodle with the Halloween theme.
The doodle involves animals related to Halloween such as the jaguar, owl, octopus, and tarantula. Google's new doodle allows users to choose among different doors and once you choose a door, you have two options: trick or treat.
If you choose treat it shows you some interesting facts about the animal you selected and if you choose trick it shows an animation about the animal.
Why Halloween is celebrated on 31 October?
Halloween is celebrated on 31 October as the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It's the first of the 3-day celebration of Allhallowtide which is the time in the liturgical year dedicated to the dead, such as saints, martyrs, and other faithful creatures.
The History of Halloween
The history of Halloween dates back to the Celtic holiday called Samhain. It was a pagan religious festival celebrated around 31 October and lasted for three days. In 1000 A.D. the Catholic Church added All Souls' Day on 2 November, which is a day focused on praying for the dead.
It was similar to Samhain in terms of bonfires, parades, and costumes. It was later called All Hallows' Eve and lastly Halloween.
How Was Trick-or-Treat Created?
The roots of trick-or-treating dates back to the middle ages, where poor people in Ireland and Britain did "souling" which is an activity that consists of going from door to door and asking for food on 1 November and in return they said prayers for the dead on 2 November, All Souls' Day.
With the immigrants, this tradition was brought to North America. And the term trick-or-treating first occurred in the 1920s.
Because of World War 2, the custom stopped since candy was rationed but during the 1950s. The tradition came back and it's been the most famous activity of Halloween.