Even if Halloween is considered an American holiday, its name come contraction of All Hallows Eve, a Catholic holiday on the eve of All Saint’s Day. This holiday actually dates back 3,000 years.
For the ancient Celtic people, in fact, the night between October 31 and November 1 was not only the last night of one year and the first of the next, but also the night of the dead according to the legend of Samhain, the dark prince. The Celtics believed that the ghosts of the dead would leave their tombs and travel across the earth looking for their former homes. For this reason, people would wear scary masks to keep the spirits away. On the very same night, people would leave food outside their homes as a small peace offering to the bad ghosts in hopes that they wouldn’t play terrible tricks on them.
All of these Celtic traditions have been passed down over the years. During the mid-19th century, when over half a million Irishmen moved to the United States because of the Irish famine, they brought with them the Halloween tradition.
To celebrate the scariest night of the year, Academia Barilla Chefs have come up with a special pumpkin-based menu that will please kids and adults alike!
The menu created by the Academia Barilla chefs
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