Saturday, October 29, 2011

Samhain, "All Hallows Eve"

Robin Hood: "steal from the 1%, give to the 99%"
For those who don't know, Halloween is derived from "All Hollow's Eve", Samhain & "All Saint's Day". Traditionally in "celtic" Europe, it would have been a 3 day festival pre-Christianity era, Hallowe'en day being the 2nd day of the festivities. "The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.[5] Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556." (Wikipedia quote)

Today, Hallowe'en is celebrated by adults on the weekend closest to the day, usually all weekend, with Children celebrating Hallowe'en day itself. I have been taking appointments out of my studio yesturday, today, tomorrow and monday. I still have some appointment spaces left for anyone wishing a last minute booking. This evening I have painted a mime, Robin Hood, and a faerie princess. I am right now still waiting for my last client for today to arrive, I have some time to "kill", hence writing this blog.

(Wikipedia quote) "Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain,  a Gaelic harvest festival & Celtic New Year, which is held on October 31–November 1".1] The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and Celts in the British Isles is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end"."

Anime "psychedelic" kitty cat.
"The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls' Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain,[14] although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy."

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