Vancouver, BC - Halloween or All Hallows' Evening, is a yearly celebration observed all over the world on October 31st! With each community sharing in their own traditions and festivities. For many Canadians Halloween is about dressing up as a family and going door to door Trick or Treating for candy, carving pumpkins and attending costume parties.
There is much dispute over the exact history of when and where Halloween began but many note a Gaelic and Welsh influence. The Celtic people celebrated the Gaelic festival known as Samhain on the night of October 31st, the night before the start of the Celtic new year. November 1st marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. It was believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. It was tradition to light bonfires and wear ghoulish costumes during the festival to ward off the roaming ghosts.
What we know as Halloween in North America today is an amalgamation of many traditions taken from cultures all over the world. In the spirit of Halloween many of Protec's most festive employees are taking part in a long tradition of wearing costumes to work. No matter what traditions and festivities you will be taking part in we here at Protec are wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween!