31 outubro, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Postado por Camila Rafaela Felippi às 10/31/2013 03:13:00 PM
Trick or treat?
Hello guys!
I always liked Halloween. It's a pitty, but in Brazil it isn't a tradition. But, when I was a child, I dressed as a witch and I asked my neighbors for candy. I think no one else did it. And I miss it so much. So, I researched about Halloween and how it happens all over the world. 

Halloween, one of the world's oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.

Dia de los Muertos
In Mexico, Latin America and Spain, All Souls' Day, which takes place on November 2, is commemorated with a three-day celebration that begins on the evening of October 31. The celebration is designed to honor the dead who, it is believed, return to their earthly homes on Halloween. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives and decorate it with candy, flowers, photographs, samples of the deceased's favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water. Often, a wash basin and towel are left out so that the spirit can wash before indulging in the feast.

Guy Fawkes Day

On the evening of November 5, bonfires are lit throughout England. Effigies are burned and fireworks are set off. Although it falls around the same time and has some similar traditions, this celebration has little to do with Halloween or the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The English, for the most part, stopped celebrating Halloween as Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation began to spread. As followers of the new religion did not believe in saints, they had no reason to celebrate the eve of All Saints' Day. However, a new autumn ritual did emerge. Guy Fawkes Day festivities were designed to commemorate the execution of a notorious English traitor, Guy Fawkes.

Halloween: Where It All Began

In Ireland, where Halloween originated, the day is still celebrated much as it is in the United States. In rural areas, bonfires are lit as they were in the days of the Celts, and all over the country, children get dressed up in costumes and spend the evening "trick-or-treating" in their neighborhoods. After trick-or-treating, most people attend parties with neighbors and friends. At the parties, many games are played, including "snap-apple," a game in which an apple on a string is tied to a doorframe or tree and players attempt to bite the hanging apple. In addition to bobbing for apples, parents often arrange treasure hunts, with candy or pastries as the "treasure." The Irish also play a card game where cards are laid face down on a table with candy or coins underneath them. When a child chooses a card, he receives whatever prize is found below it.
Source: History

8 comentários:

Dana on 10/31/2013 5:06 PM disse...

It's fun to read about how Halloween celebrations are different throughout the world. I enjoyed your post! Happy Halloween. ☺

Leovi on 10/31/2013 9:53 PM disse...
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Leovi on 10/31/2013 10:00 PM disse...

En España la fiesta de Halloween se está empezando a celebrar ahora. No es una tradición, pues la iglesia católica se encargó desde muy pronto de prohibirla, y en su lugar estableció la fiesta de Todos los Santos. Os deseo una feliz noche de Halloween a toda la familia!

Lisa Isabella Russo on 11/01/2013 12:09 AM disse...

That's so sweet that you dressed up for Halloween even though it wasn't a commonly known holiday where you were. Even though it still isn't, I hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

Rahul Bhatia on 11/01/2013 12:43 AM disse...

A lovely post and greetings for the Halloween Camila:)

Evandro Dalmolin on 11/01/2013 6:39 AM disse...

I love you ♥

KK on 11/02/2013 10:12 AM disse...

We don't have Halloween here in India. Maybe in some of the big cities.

We do have a festival called Diwali here. You might have heard of it, Diwali is called the festival of lights.

Liz Albuquerque on 11/04/2013 11:39 AM disse...

I wish we had that tradition here in Brazil! When i was younger i would go out and ask people for candy too lol :D

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