Monday, October 4, 2010

A Halloween Tradition

For some odd reason, October is hands down one of my favorite months of the year. I love the transition from summer to fall, even though there obviously wasn't much of a summer here in Cali. October is the month where we can officially bring out our fall wardrobe: tights, boots, coats, warm colors.
But the main reason I love October so much is Halloween. Even though I'm passed the age of "dressing up", I can say I'm not quit over that phase in my life. It's so fun to dress up and plan what you should wear and what to do. Besides dressing up, I have a love/hate relationship with getting scared. As I've gotten older, I have become more of a sissy when it comes to things scary, but the thrill of it and getting scared has got me addicted.

As an ode to this little post, here's some history about Halloween :)

"The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. The Celts believed the souls of the dead roamed the streets and villages at night. Since not all spirits were thought to be friendly, gifts and treats were left out to pacify the evil and ensure next years crops would be plentiful. This custom evolved into trick-or-treating.

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time encompassing customs of medieval holy days as well as contemporary cultures. The souling practice of commemorating the souls in purgatory with candle lanterns carved from turnips, became adapted into the making of jack-o'-lanterns.
The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given."

Interesting Factoid: Halloween is the 2nd most popular tradition celebrated besides Christmas!!!

yOU jUST dO yOU, iMMA dO mE


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