college, holidays, Minnesota, Musing, Thoughts

A bit o’ Hallows’ Eve history

Dear Morgan,

Happy Halloween!  I hope you are keeping busy with lots of festivities. The full moon is making things particularly ominous tonight.

Halloween is fascinating, when you think about. What a peculiar holiday, the holiday in which we celebrate all things dark and ghoulish.

I know it supposedly came from the Christian All Saint’s Day, but I think the celtic/pagan influences of Halloween are more interesting, especially it’s link to the festival Samhain, which “marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year.” Here is some more information I gleaned from wikipedia about it:

Samhain was seen as a time when the ‘door’ to the Otherworld opened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings such as fairies, to come into our world. The souls of the dead were said to revisit their homes on Samhain. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. Lewis Spence described it as a “feast of the dead” and “festival of the fairies”. However, harmful spirits and fairies were also thought to be active at Samhain. People took steps to allay or ward-off these harmful spirits/fairies, which is thought to have influenced today’s Halloween customs. Before the 20th century, wearing costumes at Samhain was done in parts of Ireland, Mann, and the Scottish Highlands and islands, and Wales. Wearing costumes may have originated as a means of disguising oneself from these harmful spirits/fairies, although some suggest that the custom comes from a Christian or Christianized belief

Did you get that? A day when the souls of the dead come and visit your house. Seriously?! How dark and morose. But also, how awesome.

So, now that we’ve had our mandatory two minutes of Halloween history, here are some photos to inspire le spookiness (and of course, a Hogwarts photo…).

And there’s one more I need to share…

Yep, that’s me there, standing on the right… My roommates and I dressed up as “zamish” over the weekend, or in normal language, amish zombies. It was only a little offensive and a lot of fun–and very, very morose…just as we like it…lol.

Much love, Drew

P.S. We made our bonnets out of paper from directions posted on the internet by Martha Stewart. So crafty! That lady knows whats up (well, minus the whole perjury thing).

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