Sorry about all the bugs and spiders infesting the site these days…but I think there is a reason 😉
Carve out your pumpkins! Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve are upon us! Great joy, the one day in the year I don’t have to defend the skulls, dragons and dark art in my house. It’s even ok (or at least it was, not sure what the morale police have to say about it this year) to scare people senseless 😉
I can even hold off another day to wash away the blood on the cellar floor…ups, to much info…
Ancient Origins of Halloween
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
Halloween or Hallowe’en (less commonly known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve) is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed.
The theory holds that many Halloween traditions were influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, which are believed to have pagan roots. Some go further and suggest that Samhain may have been Christianized as All Hallow’s Day, along with its eve, by the early Church. Other academics believe Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, being the vigil of All Hallow’s Day. Celebrated in Ireland and Scotland for centuries, Irish and Scottish immigrants took many Halloween customs to North America in the 19th century, and then through American influence Halloween had spread to other countries by the late 20th and early 21st century.
I’m not going to write about Halloween in religion this year, because all religions are mind numbing shit and I don’t care about any of them.
Helloween (again) help us to celebrate with the song “Halloween”
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