This fall season the foliage has been exceptional – a palette of red, orange and yellow. It’s Mother Nature’s gift, as re the sunny days with the puffy white clouds floating in the blue sky.
Halloween, also known as All Hallow’s Eve, is coming up. The traditional activities of trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, haunted houses, carving jack-o-lanterns came to us from Irish and Scottish immigrants who brought them to North America. Halloween’s origin was from a Celtic festival known as Samhain. This festival is a celebration at the end of the harvest season in the Gaelic culture. Masks and costumes were worn in attempt to mimic or appease the evil spirits thought to cause sickness or damaged crops.
Trick or treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween and is popular in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada and in many parts of Europe. Dressing up in Halloween costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays began in the Middle Ages. Trick or treating is similar to a medieval practice of “souling,” when the poor received food in exchange of praying for the dead on All Souls Day (Nov. 2). What we know as trick or treating became popular in the 1930s.
Whenever or where ever Halloween began, is a treat for the children, and some adults as well – you know who you are.
“Life is a story – make yours the best seller.”
.Essex Senior Citizen, Inc. Oct. 28: Board Meeting Oct. 29: Potluck: celebration of October birthdays.
.Essex Junction Senior Center Nov. 8: Craft fair Nov. 14: Bridge tournament Nov. 22: Cribbage tournament