Friday, October 31, 2008
Happy Halloween !
Very excited as tonight my kids will be going treat a trick. This year my kids are more ready and dressed up for it.
Halloween orignated from Ireland but very much celebrated in America. Halloween was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) - commemorated the passing of the dead
The American tradition of "trick-or-treating". On Hallowmas the poor folks would go door to door to beg for food and receive food in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives on All Souls Day.
The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
Pumpkin carving for America's Halloween celebration. Well there's many version of Jack-O-Lantern. Here's one ...
Irish folks have a legend of a drunken farmer name nicknamed "Stingy Jack", whose dealings with the devil led to him being turned back at both the gates of heaven and hell upon his death. Forced to wander the darkness of purgatory, Jack made an o'lantern from a turnip and lump of burning coal to guide his lost soul. History of the Jack O lantern