The main idea of this website is about how we can generate inspiration from insightful stories. When I searched any story that worth to dig for some insight, I notice that Halloween is an interesting term. We can learn many things from its culture, celebration, and history. The result: I get this ‘positive attitude leads to success’ thing stuck in my mind.
Do you find it a strange thing to learn from Halloween? Yes, I am. Just read further to find out why I can get this conclusion after researching about Halloween culture.
Let me ask you a question: Do you agree that holiday and cultural trend is a great opportunity for seasonal business? In the previous post, I’ve shared about several business ideas that you can use as a startup for your business or even optimize your current business. The main idea was to use an upcoming event as an opportunity to earn some quick cash. For this time, it is the Halloween event.
When you hear the word Halloween, what’s the first thing to come in your mind? Parties? Costumes? Trick or treat? Jack O’ Lantern? That’s right! All those four are some essential elements that never miss to show up on Halloween. We all know that Halloween and Jack-O-Lantern are like the beach and the sand. However, do you know when the first Halloween event conducted in this world?
This is How We Have a Festive Event called Halloween…
Well, the original celebration of Halloween started thousands years ago by the Celtics. The Celts who lived 2000 years in Northern and Western Europe celebrated their New Year on November 1. It marked as the end of summer and the harvest time and the beginning of a dark, cold winter. The Celts believe that on the night before the New Year, the borderline between the living and the death became blurred. That’s why on the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain.
It was believed to be the time when the ghost of the dead returned to earth. They also believed that the present of the dead made it easier for them to predict the future. Sounds a bit creepy but this is true.
To commemorate the event, they built a hug fires and burn the crops and animals for the Celtic Deities. During the celebration, they used a costume which basically consist of animal head and skins and tried to tell each other’s fortunes. Over the time, the celebration was also affected by Roman since Roman Empire conquered the most of Celtics territory from which they started to commemorate on the passing of the dead.
Originated from Europe, Halloween comes to America in the second half of nineteenth century where America was flooded with new Immigrants and mostly came from Irish, one of the Celtic’s territories. Ever since, Americans began to celebrate Halloween by dress up in costumes and go from house to house asking for money, which later known as “trick or treat”.
Halloween started to mark as a holiday since the late 1800s. Nowadays, Halloween is more about a celebration which is full of games, cookies, candies, and festive costume. It has become a more of a getting together event rather than about pure ghost, pranks, witchcraft, or other occult stuffs. Although it may not as globally festive as Christmas do (Well, my country do not have that high hype in Halloween), Halloween is surely a fun celebration.
And That is How We Move On to the History of a Cute Creepy Pumpkin…
Even the celebration has changed overtime, there’s one thing that never failed to live up the night. You do know what I mean by Cute Creepy Pumpkin right (well, some people say it is ‘cute’)?
This one is quite cute, right?
That is certainly Jack-O-Lantern, the carved pumpkin. Everyone in the neighborhood will have at least one Jack O-Lantern in front of their home. The practice of making Jack-O-Lantern originated from the Irish myth about the man called “Stingy Jack”.
Jack invited a devil to have a drink with him. But in the end, he conned the devil and made it promised not to ever bother him or claim his soul for a year. When the Devil came the next year, he tricked the Devil again into made the same promise. Unfortunately, he died soon after.
With his unsavory behaviors, there’s no way he could go to heaven. However, he couldn’t go to hell either because the Devil kept his words not to claim his soul.
The devil sent Jack off into the dark with only a burning coal to light his steps. He put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has roamed the Earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’ Lantern”. Since then people started to make their own versions of Jack’s Lantern and placing them on the porches or near the door to frighten away the Stingy Jack.
Finally, This is How I Met Your Mo.. I mean, Insight.
Now you may want to ask me: What part in the story that made me thought that Positive attitude leads to success? My answer is: Nothing.
Yes, unlike some of my previous insights, there is no clear message in the history of our Stingy Jack. However, I read it as the opposite. You can see that Jack’s negative attitude lead him to nowhere. He is not accepted in both Heaven and Hell. Nobody wants to greet and welcome him. No one.
Do you see my point here?
The commemoration of Halloween has been evolved overtime. Even so, whenever the time came everyone always gathered and took part in the celebration. I guess it’s a part of human nature to keep a long-standing tradition and make some enhancement over time, because we will keep improving and always want to reach higher and live better.
But, whatever you do, keep in mind not to ever cross the border if you want to reach your success. You should have a positive attitude in order to reach your goal. Mischievous acts might get you one or two step ahead at first. However, in the long run, it’s actually positive attitude that can got you excelled, while your negative attitude (like the Stingy Jack) will eventually lead you to nowhere.
If you are interested, you can read this post about persistence and determination as a key factor to achieve your success as a Hero. Let me know if you have different opinion about this insight.
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