Nov 1, 2007

Trick ... OR ... Treat ?

Tonight is Halowe'en .... It was terrific yet creepy, splendidly spooky night !

I had lots of fun... watching children going from door to door to solicit gifts, I've even supplied them with lots of candy and nice delicious treats :P

I like children and they are my ultimate joy .. Ain't that sweet?

But hey, somebody asked me today ... what is the origin of this Halowe'en day ?.. as English people tends to refuse things coming from the American culture, or what is called: American-mania.

Well ... here is all brief discussion about Halowe'en

btw ....... Wish ya'll a berrry happy Hallwoween :P

" There could hardly be a better example of the way that language and traditions migrate over time and across different cultures than trick or treating. This is well-known to be an American tradition, but its origins lie in medieval Europe.

There are myriad Christian and pagan rituals and celebrations that have taken place on or about the 1st of November each year. These occurred in virtually every English-speaking and/or Christian country. They have evolved and merged over the centuries and continue to do so. Common features of these traditions are - asking for food, dressing in disguise and a connection to the spirits of the deceased.

The language of these traditions is heavily influenced by the naming of days in the Christian calendar. The central date of the rituals that herald the beginning of winter is the 1st of November, called All Saints Day or All Hallows Day.

The following day is All Souls Day and the 31st of October is All Hallows Eve - shortened to Hallowe'en (i.e. the evening before All Hallows Day).

The practice of souling - going from door to door on or about All Souls Day to solicit gifts of food in return for prayers for the dead - evolved from a pagan ritual that was practiced all over Europe, possibly as early as the 10th century. As a Christian tradition it goes back to at least the 14th century, when it is mentioned by Chaucer. It is still commonplace in many Catholic countries, notably Ireland, where soul-cakes are left out for the departed. "

It's just for fun .. NOTHING serious ... and I don't go ahead with these non-sense medieval era stories: P

Boooooooh ! Have a nice (scary) evening !

No comments: