Do any Americans look in the mirror any day of their lives? Of course not...what they see would scare the hell out of them! Not only are American's scary-looking...but they're funny-looking as well.
"We humans are perfect examples, that God has a sense of humor." Sabrieto Bungo
Where did Halloween Come From?
Halloween is a holiday, that brings excitement to children and adults alike. Ever wonder where Halloween came from? It is the time when costumes are worn and treats are given out to children. Costume parties seem to be common faire on this festive holiday. However, many people may be unaware...even as they celebrate, exactly where did Halloween come from, or why the holiday encompasses the traditions that have become so popular.
Halloween seems to be a celebration of summer's end. The Celts were a group of people, that inhabitated the lands of England, Ireland and northern France before the expansion of the Catholic church.
The Celt name for the early Halloween was Samhain. It was the night before the new year began. The harvest had ended and the long cold winter was about to begin. this was the time of death for the Celtic people, due to the turn of the weather to cold, what the cold weather meant sickness would soon abound. All the inhabitants of the region would come together to celebrate the harvest and make offerings of their crops and animals to their gods on this day.
"Forget falling in love...I would rather fall in chocolate." Susan Epstein
Straddling the line, between fall and winter, plenty and paucity; life and death; Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.
In the eighth century Pope Gregory III, designated November 1, as a time to honor all Saints and martyrs. The holiday, 'All Saints Day,' incorported some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows' Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular-community based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick or treating.
In a number of countries around the world, as the days drew shorter, and the nights colder...people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings and sweet treats.
I'll bet a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween." Unknown
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