Its Halloween

Happy Halloween; field full of carved pumpkins.

Its the time of year to celebrate Halloween. Where every one in the United States dress up in costumes. Ranging from superheros, princes and princess. Some traditional, as ones from their family history and culture. We spend plenty on decorating our homes, faces, cars and even our cubicles or places of employment. 

The biggest part of this holiday is that we have plenty of things to do and decorate. Pumpkins, cookies, candy dishes to give out to the trick or treaters. Having a great scary doorway in which to give some of the kids a scare for the moment will make the talk of the neighborhood! 

Have good decorations, candy and overall look of the house as kids and parents come to enjoy the holiday. If your a lucky adult you may get a can of beer or glass of wine while your walking around with your kids. That can be a good treat! Just don’t drink or drive if that is the case!

Doesn't the text look like a piece of candy corn?
Mmmm……candy corn

Day of the Dead

Hola amigos! I wanted to pay respect to our neighbors to the south of the Border. While some here have relatives there and here. It is a time revered by celebrating those who passed on. A time to remember family and friends. A Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. Where the dead can visit family. The living visit loved ones with offerings of cakes, bread, and flowers. There are plenty of parades in the Southwest. Most will paint faces like calaveras. 

Calaveras, painted skull in purple

Painting of the skulls are Mexico way to brighten the skulls, that life should be colorful and fun! Who wouldn’t want to have their face painted with colorful flowers, stars, lines and paisley. 

Dia de los Muertos

two women painted for Day of the Dead; sugar skulls
Day of the Dead

Samhain (Sow-in)

For those who celebrate in a different way and follow a different path. With similar teachings as the common Halloween tradition and where most of the common Halloween forms are based upon. Pagan or Wiccan form of Halloween is where the carved pumpkins are meant to scare away the spirits. 

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. WikipediaDate: Oct 31, 2018 – Nov 1, 2018

This is the time of year for those who follow the pagan or Wiccan path to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Other festivals with ties to Samhain are Oktoberfest. Which celebrate the harvest with beer, and a plentiful harvest to last through the winter. For those who practice Wicca, you pay respect to those who have passed. Much similar to Dia de los Muertos, but where it is said that the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest!  

The begining of winter. Samhain in October
Samhain

In Conclusion

As you can tell, in how I grew up with such memories. I grew up living with these sorts of beliefs. While most of the Spanish and North American, and Gaelic peoples celebrate the dead in such colorful fashion. I enjoyed each and every one and always wanted to learn how or why they celebrated the way they did. Keep an open mind.

I am always amazed in how different cultures believe in the ending of the summer and the harvest season. The Germans have their Oktoberfest. Other countries pay respect in different ways. Not all coincide with the end of the harvest or the summer. 

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