Happy Easter

Easter is the only time when you can put all your eggs in one basket and get away with it.

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The Days of the Dead

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The Day of the Dead falls on November 1 and 2 of each year, coinciding with the Catholic holidays All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Although November 2nd is the official date for Day of the Dead, it is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Usually the preparations (and some festivities) start even earlier than that. So really, the “Day” of the Dead can also be called the “Days” of the Dead, because the holiday spans more than one day.

Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead children and infants, and November 2 is the day for honoring deceased adults.

( http://www.art-is-fun.com/day-of-the-dead-facts/ )

 

I Love Halloween

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Reasons I love Halloween:

  1. Costumes – I love seeing the types of costumes people come up with.
  2. Candy – It reminds me of my youth when my friends and I would plod along small country roads waiting for the next stop of candy.
  3. Jack-O’-Lanterns – I really enjoy seeing how creative some people get with their carving.
  4. Black Cats – Well I just love all cats.
  5. Hocus Pocus – The movie, although not scary, is an all time favourite.
  6. Scary Movies – Don’t know why, I just like them.

Monster Mash

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♫ The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolfman,
Dracula, and his son ♫

♫ The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, ‘The Crypt-Kicker Five’ ♫

♫They played the mash, they played the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They played the mash, it caught on in a flash
They played the mash, they played the monster mash ♫

 

The Real Halloween

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As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few are aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain festival.

In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.

Christianity incorporated the honouring of the dead into the Christian calendar with All Saints (All Hallows) on November 1st, followed by All Souls on November 2nd. The wearing of costumes and masks to ward off harmful spirits survived as Halloween customs. The Irish emigrated to America in great numbers during the 19th century especially around the time of famine in Ireland during the 1840’s. The Irish carried their Halloween traditions to America, where today it is one of the major holidays of the year. Through time other traditions have blended into Halloween, for example the American harvest time tradition of carving pumpkins.

( http://www.newgrange.com/samhain.htm )

Candy Corn

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I agree, the stuff is just nasty.

“The worst thing about Halloween is, of course, candy corn. It’s unbelievable to me. Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that’s never been advertised. And there’s a reason. All of the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. And so, since nobody eats that stuff, every year there’s a ton of it left over.”
-Lewis Black