Hi to all,
My heart felt wishes and prayers go out to all of you who have suffered through Hurricane Sandy. I hope that all things will return to normal as soon as possible.
What about Halloween? I wanted to find out more about it, so I did a little research. All of our Halloween customs have roots in ancient and medieval Europe. Many historians believe that Halloween originated as a harvest festival. As the days got shorter and the nights got colder, people all over the world ushered in winter with gatherings, bonfires, costumes and sweets. One of the oldest of these festivals was an ancient Celtic festival called "Sanhain". The participants celebrated the harvest by lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to scare off the ghosts of the dead. Sound familiar?
Later, about 800 A.D., All Saint's Day was declared a religious festival celebrated on November 1. All Saint's Day was a celebration and remembrance of the dead. The name Halloween probably was derived from "All Hallows Eve", the eve before All Saint's Day. The night before All Saint's Day, poor children would roam the neighborhood begging for "soul cakes"; this is believed to be the origination of "trick or treating". "Trick or treating" was not really a common custom until the 1930's in America. Amazing!
The eve of All Saint's Day was a spirit's last chance to avenge any living enemies before moving to the next world. Costumes were worn as disguises, so these spirits could not find you. Turnips and pumpkins were used as lanterns, the beginnings of our modern jack o'lantern. Apples were a harvest symbol back to Roman times, now we bob for apples and eat candy apples. And finally, the candy corn was made to represent a kernel of corn, another harvest symbol. So there you have it, some of the ancient roots of Halloween. Have a great scary night!
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Saturday was the Croton Artisan fair. Here's my team! We had fun, there were a lot of ghosts and goblins trick or treating from one vendor to another. And thankfully the weather held. Below are a few new things I added to my table at the last minute. A little holiday glitz and some necklaces made with paper beads, old acrylic beads and ribbon.
And finally, please take a look at my Make your own holiday cards and gift tags with Recycled Paper Workshop. It will be fun for all ages! It is being held on November 3 at the Greenburgh Nature Center. You can see what we will be doing in my blog of September 18th. I'd love to see you there.
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Talk to you soon,