South Africans have been getting into the spirit of Halloween over the past few weeks, from neighbourhood trick-or-treat events to adult-only parties.
Yet, the question is, should South Africans even be celebrating Halloween in October? Of course, you might say. When else would you celebrate it? Everyone knows Halloween falls on October 31.
However, because South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, it would make more sense to celebrate Halloween at the end of April. This is because, as the BBC reports, Halloween has its roots in the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain.
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Samhain started from the belief that just before the start of winter, the barrier between the earthly world and the world of the gods was broken. This enabled spirits, ghosts and other strange creatures to wander between the different planes.
The start of winter, and the close of the harvest season, is at the end of October in the northern hemisphere — in the southern hemisphere, that period would fall at the end of April.