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why do i only get tricks on halloween?

Posted on 2005.10.25 at 11:22
Well, its Halloween. This is the time of year that I do a little research and tell all you kittys about All Hallow's Eve. Here is just a little light reading for you all:

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints', All Saints', and All Souls', were called Hallowmas.


Little One
bruisednecks at 2005-10-25 16:41 (UTC) (Lien)
I said, "awww" when I read your last post.
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madman101 at 2005-10-25 16:45 (UTC) (Lien)
The invisible woman
daymare47 at 2005-10-25 16:42 (UTC) (Lien)
Thanks for posting this. It was very interesting to read. :)
madman102 at 2005-10-25 16:46 (UTC) (Lien)
You're welcome.
_lor_rie_ at 2005-10-25 17:59 (UTC) (Lien)
intresting....i didnt know that.

so, where do princesses fit in because thats what i want to be?

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madman101 at 2005-10-25 18:02 (UTC) (Lien)
Well, I'm sorry, but I don't think they do these days. Nor do princes.
_lor_rie_ at 2005-10-25 19:13 (UTC) (Lien)
didntevenbleed6 at 2005-10-25 18:11 (UTC) (Lien)
Wow, your really smart aren't you?
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madman101 at 2005-10-25 18:25 (UTC) (Lien)
I am very, very smart. However, I didn't write this. Don't even know where I got it.
satanist_whore at 2005-10-25 21:37 (UTC) (Lien)
that is soo cool, thanks for posting that!
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madman101 at 2005-10-25 22:04 (UTC) (Lien)
You're very welcome. I hope things are going better for you.
gaspworthy at 2005-10-25 21:53 (UTC) (Lien)
And by the 1990's parents were spending a ridiculous amount of money so their little girls could be whores and show themselves off for useless bits of candy.
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madman101 at 2005-10-25 22:04 (UTC) (Lien)

I could say more, but I like saying "Word".

Oh, wait - I'm saying more... so...

I like those silly little "poems" you're doing in your journal lately.
gaspworthy at 2005-10-25 22:09 (UTC) (Lien)
They are not silly, they are fantastic :-D. I like to think of them as drabbles, not poems, but thanks!
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madman101 at 2005-10-25 22:31 (UTC) (Lien)
Dude, in my book, silliness IS fantastic. I'll consider them drabbles if you'll agree that "drabbles" is a silly word.

gaspworthy at 2005-10-25 22:38 (UTC) (Lien)
Drabbles is a silly word, say it outloud.
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madman101 at 2005-10-25 22:44 (UTC) (Lien)

::clutches side, falls to floor, and is hauled away...::
gillashl at 2005-10-26 02:37 (UTC) (Lien)

OH! I Didn't Notice This....Guess I'm Blind As A Bat, Eh?

Thanks for posting this. I like it. Very informative.

Are you going to keep me company tonight? I have to pull a double. :(

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madman101 at 2005-10-26 02:42 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: OH! I Didn't Notice This....Guess I'm Blind As A Bat, Eh?

Yes I am.

gillashl at 2005-10-26 02:52 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: OH! I Didn't Notice This....Guess I'm Blind As A Bat, Eh?


Thank you so much! :)
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madman101 at 2005-10-26 02:54 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: OH! I Didn't Notice This....Guess I'm Blind As A Bat, Eh?

Gen HeX
bitchblossom at 2005-10-27 05:17 (UTC) (Lien)
it's funny, but i think i read this article before i saw it here, but i haven't the faintest idea where else i'd have seen it. =p i love it that this holiday has such celtic roots. maybe that's why it's always been a favorite of mine!
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madman101 at 2005-10-27 13:00 (UTC) (Lien)
yes, Yes, YES!

The Celts started it ALL!
Gen HeX
bitchblossom at 2005-10-29 23:14 (UTC) (Lien)
ba! hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!
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