Trivia: Did you know… cave drawings of unicorns have been found all over the world?
Like many things, unicorns vary in appearance with specific populations and religion. The Bible speaks of an animal called re’em, and different versions call it a unicorn. What exactly is a unicorn? The ancient Greeks believed a unicorn to be a horse like a creature with a spiral-shaped horn on its forehead. In Europe, it is a horse like or goat-like creature with bisected hooves and a horn on its forehead. During the Renaissance, popular belief saw unicorns as wild creatures full of purity and grace that only virgins could capture. And today, unicorns are still popular! On Halloween, you’ll see plenty of people wearing a unicorn costume!
It is not clear if the unicorn did exist, but more than ten countries acknowledge it by using it as heraldic charges or supporters in their flags and arms. April 9th was even declared national unicorn day; people celebrate it by baking rainbow cupcakes, wearing colourful clothes, and posting on social media with the hashtag #NationalUnicornDay. Unicorns are not only celebrated on 9th of April, but are also seen during Halloween celebrations, as unicorn costumes are a very popular choice. There are many unique costumes to choose from, ranging from the classic white unicorn costume to the colourful zombie unicorn costume to the spooky zombie unicorn costume. Eager to learn more about these fantastical beings? Some exciting facts about unicorns are stated below.
Unicorns are seen climbing aboard Noah’s arch on a fresco in San Maurizio church in Milan. Source: Warburg on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Stories about unicorns have been around for longer than you would think
Unicorns are mentioned nine times in the Bible and are related to an extinct species of wild ox. It was believed by ancient scientists that unicorns existed during the time of Adam and Eve, but died during the time of the flood.
Some historical figures believed that they have seen or had an encounter with unicorn; for instance, according to the legend, Mongol leader Genghis Khan met a unicorn as he and his army were marching on India. He saw this as a sign and turned back immediately. To give another example, Ctesias was a Greek historian who wrote the first Western description of this mythological being. Ctesias thought the unicorn was a colorful creature, and described it as having a dark red head and a horn on its forehead.
Unicorns have supernatural powers
Those who believe in unicorns say that the creature has some supernatural abilities and strengths. It is said you can’t lie to a unicorn, as they can see through people’s hearts and minds. The spiral horn found on the forehead of the unicorn is supposed to neutralize poison and this inspired people to make utensils using the “unicorn” horns—although there is no proof that the horns they used belonged to actual unicorns. These horns may have actually been narwhal tusks, as these were often sold as “unicorn horns”.
No one can agree about what unicorns look like
Depictions of unicorns vary from legend to legend and community to community. Indeed, each community that the unicorn is associated with it has their own version of what a unicorn looks likes. Because there are no real pictures to back up these descriptions, no one really agrees what the mystical look like.
The unicorn is celebrated all over the world
Unicorns have their special day. On the 9th of April each year, there are always celebrations to mark national unicorn day. People make and eat unicorn-themed food such as rainbow cakes, wear unicorn clothing and put up unicorn decorations.
Unicorns are also present in Halloween celebrations as part of the costumes worn by people. One could merely wear a unicorn horn as a costume or opt for the ever-popular unicorn onesie. Looking for unicorn costume ideas? Take a look at our picks below!
Krewe of Kosmic Debris in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Mardi Gras Day, 2013. Source: on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Unicorn costumes are a popular choice for Halloween
Unicorn costumes are popular with both girls, boys, men, and women. Because of fairy tales and TV shows, children love colourful unicorn costumes, and for adults, full unicorn masks were made popular by memes and viral videos. Unicorn onesies are also a great choice for those who want to stay comfortable and warm during Halloween. A unicorn horn, mane, and tail are some of the costume accessories that can be used to make a DIY unicorn costumes. You can be anything you want on Halloween; why not a magical unicorn? Scroll down to see some of our favourite unicorn costumes.
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