All Hallows’ Eve


… Or Happy Halloween as we all know it to be today. I had totally forgotten where this day derived from so I thought as a ‘treat’ I’d remind you all!

The Irish and Scottish immigrants actually introduced parts of the tradition to Northern America in the 19th century. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival was a time to celebrate the harvest season among the Gaelic culture. The Gaels believed that on October 31st the boundaries between the living world and the dead would meet. Basically that the dead would come back to haunt and torture the living.

Why do we dress up now?
It’s stated that at the festival people would wear masks and costumes to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.

“Trick or Treat”
The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. In the United Kingdom parents have been threatened to be prosecuted if their child carries out the “trick” part. Yikes!

I had read more on Halloween History but it got boring. I gave you the quick and interesting parts, but there’s the link just in case your interested!

Hopefully Halloween will be postponed until Saturday because I’ve been waiting months to eat all of Ziana’s candy, haha. NY and NJ still aren’t sure if it will be rescheduled, but so far the Halloween parade has been rescheduled.


20121030-191707.jpg Ziana with my parents giving them the pumpkin she painted for them.

*I used these filters because I felt it had a ghostly feel to it*

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