Posted by News Express | 2 November 2021 | 600 times
On Sunday when the western world celebrated Halloween, Nigeria’s front line singer and songwriter, Yemi Eberechi Alade, simply known professionally as Yemi Alade, brought back memories of late American music super star, Michael Jackson.
The 32 years old dazzling performer whose father James Alade was a commissioner of police from Ondo State, while her mother Helen Uzoma is a native of Abia State, posted a video on her Instagram page to mark Halloween Sunday.
She adorned scary black costumes and props, made scary moves/actions and backed up by Michael Jackson’s best seller, Thriller.
The history of Halloween goes all the way back to a pagan festival called Samhain.
The word “Halloween” comes from All Hallows’ Eve and means “hallowed evening”.
Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door-to-door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.
Halloween falls on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on this day.
The early pagan holiday of Samhain involved a lot of ritualistic ceremonies to connect to spirits, as the Celts were polytheistic.
Over time, as Christianity took over and the pagan undertones of the holiday were lessened, the basic traditions of the holiday remained a part of pop culture every year; they simply evolved and modernised.
Halloween is not common in Africa. It's widely celebrated in the western world.
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