At the Software Factory, the Halloween spirit is alive and well. Our premises, in particular the Pop Corner, our 100% “chill – work & play” space, has been transformed into a veritable haven of festivities in the colors of Dia De Los Muertos.
The event began at 12.30 p.m., when our employees were invited to take part in a projection that would make even the most daring shiver! Fortunately, a few sweets were on hand to sweeten the mood.
The invitation was extended to our employees, who were invited to join us from 12.30 p.m. for an experience that would thrill even the most daring. A special projection, carefully selected for the occasion, created a blood-curdling atmosphere, plunging everyone into a world of fright and excitement. Fortunately, sweets were available to sweeten the mood.
A moment of sharing and conviviality that brought us together to celebrate the holiday.
This festival, celebrated on October 31, takes its name from the ancient Irish word “Samhain” (pronounced “sow-in”), which marked the end of summer and the beginning of the dark season of winter.
The Celts lived in what are now Ireland, the UK and parts of France over 2,000 years ago. For them, Samhain was a highly significant festival, linked to agriculture and the cycle of the seasons.
The night of Samhain was also seen as a time when the veil between the world of the living and that of the dead became thinner. The Celts believed that departed spirits returned to Earth on this night, bringing both blessings and dangers. To appease these spirits and protect themselves from evil spells, the Celts wore costumes and lit lanterns by hollowing out turnips, beets or apples and placing candles inside, thus creating the beginnings of the famous Halloween lanterns.
Over the centuries, Halloween has been enriched by a variety of customs, including trick-or-treating, games and pranks, costume parties, and spooky decorations. Irish immigration to the United States played a key role in popularizing Halloween in America, where it became a widely celebrated holiday from the 19th century onwards.
Today, Halloween is a festival enjoyed the world over, blending ancient traditions with more modern elements. It’s a day when children dress up as monsters, witches and superheroes to collect candy, families decorate their homes with hollowed-out pumpkins and paper ghosts, and the atmosphere is imbued with mystery and fun.