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Post  El Guapo on Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:49 pm

Happy halloween to all our members and guests!

Hope everyone has a frighteningly good time! lol


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The History of Halloween

Post  El Guapo on Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:57 pm

We all know the term ‘Halloween’, which is celebrated like an annual holiday observed on October 31 every year. This practice is evident mainly in the United States, Ireland, Canada and the United Kingdom. But what exactly ‘Halloween’ means and what is the origin of this culture?

People usually celebrate the day by partying around, where pumpkin carvings, weird costumes, various tricks are usually seen. Candies of different sizes and colors are also an integral part of it. But, the big question is the origin of this ‘Halloween’ culture. It is believed to be a combination of ‘Christian All Saints Day’ and the Celtic festival Samhain.

The name has its origin back to 16th century Scotland and it is just a shortened form of ‘All Hallows Even (evening)’. This oldest holiday is celebrated by carving pumpkins with grinning faces in America. This is also called ‘the Celtic New Year’ sometimes.

There was a faith that on Samhai, the border between this life and the next turns very thin thus allowing the spirits to pass through. So, on this day, people used to wear costumes like the evil spirits to pretend being a part of them.

In Ireland, the original practice was linked with ‘souling’. They used to light lanterns made of large turnips, which they call ‘Jack-o’-lantern’. The name of the lantern has originated from the spooky lights, which appeared above peat bogs called ‘Jack of the Lantern’.

The trick of treating has probably started from the medieval practice of peasants, who used to go door to door and get foods in exchange for prayers for the dead. This activity was first practiced in North America. The young children used to perform a song or a rhyme and they were rewarded with a treat.

In 1927, the term ‘trick or treat’ surfaced in Alberta, Canada. During the 1930s, this practice got widespread in the US and it coincided with the first emergence of mass-produced Halloween costumes.

Some of the earlier practices have changed now in the recent years. For example, the children are now accompanied by their parents on their rounds and they check the candy before allowing their kids to eat. This practice has evolved because of the stories of people intentionally poisoning candy.

Now, most of the trick or treating is performed in daylight thus avoiding the time after sunset. Parents want to keep their children safe from the real evil people, who usually roam around in the dark streets in many American communities.

Now, Halloween is more of a combination of traditions from different cultures, shaped into a night of fun and celebration.

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Re: The HAPPY HALLOWEEN thread!

Post  chelseaz on Sat Oct 30, 2010 12:52 am

i shall be witching it up with my fellow newt stewers.where i live there are a lot of students from u.w.e.so the whole of the main road tends to get full of ghouls ghosts witches and zombies.all good fun with lots of silliness,drinking and fireworks.even better is 6 am when they are all staggering back from their night of revelry... well funny
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Post  EarthsAngel on Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:44 am

chelseaz wrote:i shall be witching it up with my fellow newt stewers.where i live there are a lot of students from u.w.e.so the whole of the main road tends to get full of ghouls ghosts witches and zombies.all good fun with lots of silliness,drinking and fireworks.even better is 6 am when they are all staggering back from their night of revelry... well funny



Sounds like great fun Chelz! We don't celebrate Halloween over here, but I am going to the kids home to dress them up and have some fun with them. I don't think they have any idea what Halloween is, so at least they will learn something and have fun. I managed to rope in a few friends, so the kids should have a ball!

Hope you have a great time!!!

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Re: The HAPPY HALLOWEEN thread!

Post  EarthsAngel on Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:53 am

Samhain is a more acceptable festival for me, although I don't normally bother. I'm not really into following any religion, but I follow the Pagan Path.

Samhain(pronounced Sow-in, Sah-vin, or Sahm-hayn), known most popularly as Halloween, marks the end of the third and final harvest, is a day to commune with and remember the dead, and is a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation. Samhain (once again Halloween) is the most coveted sabbat by the Wiccan (and many Pagan) religions.

In the European traditions, Samhain is the night when the old God dies, and the Crone Goddess mourns him deeply for the next six weeks. The popular image of her as the old Halloween hag menacingly stirring her cauldron comes from the Celtic belief that all dead souls return to her cauldron of life, death, and rebirth to await reincarnation.

Halloween, plain and simple is our favorite time of year. A true time for witches, Witchcraft itself, and Wiccans alike who feel that on this night the separation between the physical and spiritual realities is it's least guarded and it's veil the thinnest. It is a time for dimensional openings and workings, it is a somber holiday, one of dark clothes and thoughts for the dead, it is said to be the time when those of necromantic talents can speak with the dead and it is certainly a time to remember ones own dead. Witches believe it is a time of endings of relationships and bad situations and it is the time when one can see the glimmer of hope in the future. There are as many concepts attached to this holiday as any other, truly a time of remembrance of our ancestors and all those who have gone before.

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Re: The HAPPY HALLOWEEN thread!

Post  lizziebear on Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:49 am

happy halloween xx







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Post  EarthsAngel on Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:44 pm

LOL Lizzie. Happy Halloween Are you going trick or treating? What ever you are doing, hope you have fun xx

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