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29 / 10 / 2004

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2004: meaning and examples

Good morning everybody. Once again, it's almost Halloween (October the 31st). So, Happy Halloween!

The word Halloween comes from hallowed and evening (hallowed means sacred). Halloween is sometimes referred to as All Saint's Eve because it occurs before All Saint's Day (November the 1st), when many countries celebrate and honour their dead.


1) To dress up

Meaning: to wear a costume (disfrazarse).

Example 1:
On Holloween I am going to dress up like a witch (bruja).

1) Haunted

Meaning: inhabited by ghosts or spirits.

Example 2:
In the Amenabar film 'The Others,' the house was haunted by a family.


Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en, especially in UK English) is generally considered to be a typical 'U.S. Holiday.' However, its origins are European.

There is lots of disagreement as to the exact origin of Halloween, but most believe that the modern celebration of Halloween is a VERY distant descendant of the ancient Celtic fire festival called Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in'). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts (pronounced 'Kelts') lived more than 2,000 years ago in what is now Great Britain, Ireland, and France. Their new year began on November 1.

Here is a website that you can visit for more information about the history of Halloween:

1) The history of Halloween (in Spanish)

For more websites, simply type 'Halloween' in the Google Search Engine and you will get millions of options.

Have an excellent long weekend and a scary Halloween,

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