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Halloween: Unknown facts that will surprize you about Night of the Dead!

Somewhere in between the departure of fall and the arrival of winter, Halloween is celebrated

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October 23, 2016: People of many countries continue to mark the beginning of the winter season with costumes, gatherings, and sweet treats. Somewhere in between the departure of fall and the arrival of winter, Halloween is celebrated which is considered the night of life, death, celebration, and superstition. Though people gather together and rejoice on the October 31, there are many who are still unaware about some of the basic facts about the night.

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Here are some of the unknown facts about Halloween-Night of the dead!

  • Halloween’s origin is thought to be related to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts lived in the area which is now known as Ireland.
  • They celebrated their New Year on November 1, which marked the end of summer and beginning of the dark, cold winter which was associated with death.

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  • They believed that on October 3, the night before the New Year, the walls between the worlds of the living and dead become blurred. And, ghosts return to earth.
Representational image. Pixabay
Representational image. Pixabay
  • The morbid fear of Halloween-Samhainophobia still exists. They are afraid of the night or the festival despite knowing that there is nothing to be afraid about.
  • Trick-or-treating was meant to pacify the roaming spirits. It came from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out food to pacify roaming spirits.

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  • One-quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween.
Candies. Pixabay
Candies. Pixabay
  • Orange and Black are the colors of the night. Orange is the considered as the color of strength which also symbolizes the harvest of autumn whereas black symbolizes death or evil. These are the two things Halloween stands for.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)