Tuesday, 30 October 2012
So what is all this Halloween business?
American movies and TV shows have always seemed so strange to me. Seeing swarms of kids wandering from overly-decorated house to overly-decorated house asking for candy. Threatening pranks.
I've been trick or treating once. When I was about 15. Most houses we went to turned us away or threatened to ring the police.
Others would go rummaging through their cupboards, eventually pulling out some expired piece of forgotten candy to hand out.
Some people didn't even know what halloween was.
So here is what I found out;
1. Some years ago (400BC-ish) there were a group of people in Britain/Ireland/France know an Celts. November 1st was the beginning of the New Year making October 31st (Halloween) their New Years Eve. On NOvember 1st the Celts would celebrate the close of the summer harvest and prepare for the cold months ahead.
The night before this day the Celts believed the barriers between the lands of the living and dead opened.
So basically an ancient Christian/Celtic belief that ghosts and ghouls were going to get them and as such they had to dress up in costumes and offer sacrifices and food stuffs to the souls of dead people.
And we don't celebrate this because??
What do you love about Halloween? What traditions do you practice?
Until next time :) xxx