All Hallows Eve

31 Oct

What’s in a name?

The name Halloween is beleived to have come from when the Christianity spread accross the celtic lands and nominated November 1st as All Saint’s Day.  This was often called All-hallows or All-hallowmas which then made October 31st All Hallows Eve, then later it made the transition to Halloween.  Many years later the church desiganted November 2nd as All Souls Day, a time to commemorate the dead.  It was celebrated in much the same fashion as Halloween.  The three days of celebration were often refered to as Hallowmas.

El dia de los muertos

The day of the dead ties in with Halloween being that it is celebrated immedietely after on November 1 and 2.  Celebrated mainly in Mexico, Latin America and Spain it is believed that spirits return home on Halloween and it’s a time for families and friends to pray for their lost loved ones.  Taditions include building altars to honor the deceased, visiting cemetaries, and the use of sugar skulls and marigolds.

Jack-o-lanterns

{People have been making jack o’lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.” } Excerpt from History.com a fabulous website with great graphic and lots of info on everything historical.

 

It’s all pretty cool isn’t it? I love all the imagery of Halloween, the black cats, bats, skulls and skeletons, witches, pumpkins, candle light and haunted houses.  And serving gross looking or sounding food to guests really tickles me.  There’s an abundance of recipes on recipe zaar just punch in Halloween and go crazy.  Martha Stewart has plenty of decorating ideas, craft projects and food and drink to keep any hallows fan busy all year round!  And check out angry chicken for her fabulous costumes she makes for her darling girls.

 

wishing you all a wonderful Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day

Kris

ps all the info above I read about on line so don’t yell at me if any of it is innacurate!

 

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