Halloween in Quebec

This day is celebrated in many countries. In the middle of the 19th century, Irish immigrants introduced it into North America where it has become a major celebration. It is a masquerade that gives children and adults a break from the daily routine.

The word Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows’s Eve, which means “Eve of All Saints Day”. Its origin is found in the Celtic calendar: Samhain (Samain or Samhuin), the festival making the end of summer, celebrated in the first three nights of November.

Chasing away spirits was a feature of Samhain. The Christian Church incorporated this celebration into its calendar, transforming Samhain into All Saints Day.

In Europe, at Halloween, the children went about town with lanterns made of turnips. In North America, immigrants found pumpkins more to their liking than turnips, and they introduced a tradition that continues to this day.

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Halloween decorations on St.Paul Street in Montreal. Photo : © Provincequebec.com

Halloween decorations on St.Paul Street in Montreal. Photo : © Provincequebec.com

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