Lord, though this day has become something else, I do remember its true meaning….the eve before All-Saints’……a day set aside to remember our dearly departed. But, let the children have their fun tonight, but keep them safe under Your wings!!!
On October 31st ghouls and goblins, creatures and strange folk come creeping about the neighborhood seeking favors over trickery. This holiday tradition has become known as Halloween.
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Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular. Although, in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.
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Dating back to an ancient pagan harvest festival marking the end of summer and beckoning the beginning of winter, seasons overlapped during Samhain (pronounced sah-win) and revelers believed the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. To interact with the spirits, the living would wear costumes and light bright bonfires to help protect them.
Similar celebrations honoring the dead took place in Roman traditions which were gradually blended and soon replaced the Celtic ceremonies. All Martyrs Day established by Pope Boniface IV in 609 A.D. was eventually moved by Pope Gregory III to November 1 which later became known as All Saint’s Day. The eve of this celebration became known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween.
Through the Colonial era in America, Halloween celebrations were considered taboo due to religious beliefs. By the Victorian era, though, Haloween traditions featured fall festivals, parties and foods involving communities and neighborhoods.
Well, are you ready???
I so recall past Halloweens…….
One year, I turned my son, Rick, into a robot with boxes and aluminum foil…..he had a small box over his head and it kept twisting around and looked so comical that people couldn’t help but laugh. He was disappointed, though, because everyone gave him money while his sister got all the candy! I would usually dress up, too, and walk along with them. Some people gave me candy, too! Oh, those were the days…..and I miss them so! One year, I took my two granddaughters on a haunted hayride……what a time! They both screamed into my ears so much that it nearly deafened me! Little Mariah even tried to hide UNDER me!! Then I took my nieces to a haunted house……another deafening time! I wish I had some pics!!!
15 HALLOWEEN FUN FACTS
- Halloween is short for Hallow’s Eve or Hallow’s Evening.
- The first Jack O’ Lanterns were made from turnips and beets.
- According to an Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns was actually a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. So, he wandered on Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
- On Halloween’s night, it is believed that if you stand in front of the mirror at midnight, you’ll be able to see the reflection of your spouse just above your left shoulder.
- Ireland is believed to be the birth place of Halloween
- Halloween is the second highest grossing holiday in the Western world with Christmas being the first.
- Children are more twice more likely to be killed in a road accident on Halloween than any other night.
- Fifty Percent kids prefer to chocolate candy on Halloween.
- Halloween is one of the world’s oldest celebrations dating back to almost 2000 years and was celebrated by Celts living is present day Britain.
- Orange and Black are the colours of Halloween. Orange symbolizes harvest as Halloween is celebrated at the end of the harvest season and blacks symbolizes death.
- Travellers carry a piece of bread crossed with salt, to keep them safe from witches on Halloween nights.
- According to a legend, if you see a spider on Halloween, it is actually the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
- “Trick-or-Treating” originally started in England when the poor begged for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for a pray for their familiy’s dead relatives.
- The tradition of ghostly costumes comes from the legend that spirits and ghosts return to Earth on Halloween and if you dress like ghost, they might mistake you for fellow spirits.
- Every year, candy sells on Halloween can reach upto 2 billion dollars in USA alone.
To Your Health!
Halloween traditions explained
Stay safe and may God be with you!!!!!