Seoul Halloween Stampede: The death toll in the Halloween stampede in Seoul’s Itawan area has now risen to 149 and many are feared seriously injured. The incident is being investigated. On the other hand, terrible pictures of the spot have come to light in the morning. Some kind of situation must have arisen after the stampede at the spot, it can be gauged by looking at the things spread on the road.
19 foreigners were also among the dead
According to media reports, 149 people, including 19 foreigners from Iran, Uzbekistan, China and Norway, were killed in the stampede, while many others were seriously injured. Most of the dead are young people. The President of South Korea has declared national mourning.
Let us tell you that after three years in Itawan, the capital of South Korea, the Halloween festival was organized on Saturday night. Suddenly a stampede broke out amid the festive atmosphere. To avoid a stampede, the crowd present tried to leave through a narrow lane. During this time people started falling on each other.
America said – ready to give any kind of help
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Saturday that reports of a stampede in Seoul are heartbreaking and Washington stands ready to provide any assistance to the Republic of Korea at such a critical time.
Commenting on Twitter, the White House’s national security adviser expressed hope for a speedy recovery for those injured in the incident. “We are thinking of all those who lost their loved ones and look forward to the speedy recovery of the injured,” Sullivan wrote on Twitter.
When did the word Halloween appear?
First let’s understand the word Halloween. Let us tell you that the word Halloween came into existence in the decade of the 19th century. Celtic people lived in many countries of Europe. The word originated from his holy festival Samhain. The Celtic people believed that on the night of October 31, the line between the world of the living and the spirits blurred.
Evil spirits come to earth, so Halloween was started to exorcise these unholy spirits. On this day people used to wear ghostly clothes and celebrate with fire, so that the evil spirits go away from the earth.
Celebrate the next day for the gods
At the same time, according to media reports of some western countries, All Saints Day is celebrated on the next day of Halloween i.e. on November 1. According to Pope Gregory III in the 8th century, ghosts and evil spirits had fled the earth, so the coming of the gods was celebrated. That’s why Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve.
Halloween is celebrated especially in these countries
Media reports said that the festival was mainly celebrated in the Republic of Ireland, Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, New Zealand and Australia. There is also a belief behind this that at this time it is the time of ripening of crops in these countries. At the same time, winter begins. However, gradually the purpose and importance of Halloween changed in these countries.
Now only Saturday-Sunday holiday is celebrated as Halloween
A report in The History Channel said that by the 1920s and ’30s, Halloween had lost its meaning. It had now turned into a community based celebration. The report said that religious principles had been violated. At the same time, some recent reports have said that now Halloween has become an opportunity to celebrate Saturday-Sunday holiday.