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Halloween #EnglishTraditions

Halloween is a popular English celebration which takes place annually on 31st of October. Its name comes from All Hallows' Eve - which is simply eve of our Polish All Saints' Day. But the traditions we know today are a bit different from the origin celebration - the Celtic festival called Samhain. Samhain shares some similarities with our Polish Forefathers' Eve; people were gathering together, lit bonfires and wore costumes to protect themselves from evil ghosts while they were praying for the good souls.


Over time, Halloween evolved into the form we know today; now we cannot imagine Halloween without colourful and half-scary half-funny costumes, carving jack-o-latern or kids going from house to house asking residents the question associated with Halloween the most:

"Trick or treat?"

Here's list of useful vocabulary to describe Halloween celebration: All Saints' Day - Święto Wszystkich Świętych

Forefather's Eve - Dziady

ghost - duch

ghostbuster - łowca duchów

soul - dusza

to carve - wydrążyć

to celebrate - świętować

celebration - świętowanie


pumpkin - dynia jack-o-latern - lampion z wydrążonej dyni

bonfire - ognisko Trick or treat? - Cukierek albo psikus!

bones - kości blood - krew

coffin - trumna candle - świeca

creepy - straszny, przyprawiający o gęsią skórkę

spooky - straszny, upiorny to dress up as... - przebrać się za...

broomstick - miotła witch - wiedźma

wizard - czarodziej bat - nietopierz

black cat - czarny kot monster - potwór

scarecrow - strach na wróble disguise - przebranie


Ms. Iza Science & English Teacher

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