Halloween (October 31st) - This yearly holiday celebrated in many countries offers a lot of fun times for young and old alike! There's trick-or-treating, costume parties, jack-o'-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, haunted attractions, scary stories, horror flicks, and of course, lots of candy! Sounds rather perfect to me! But, what actually is Halloween, and why celebrate?
The word Halloween dates back to 1745, (although All Hallow's' Eve dates back to 1556). The holiday has its origins in Western Christian faith and is the evening prior to Nov. 1st, All Saints Day, and, Nov. 2nd, All Souls' Day. Both Saints and Souls holidays were times to remember the dead. The original focus therefore of All Hallow's Eve had to do with using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death." Boo!!
All joking aside, I actually often feel very close to the people and pets I've loved who have passed on. I'm grateful to them for having added to and shaped my life, and for having shared their gifts with me including love, laughter, and care. So much of my identity and how I feel about myself has to do with these people/animals who've been in my world and have touched me.
Therefore, I will certainly be partaking in the traditional Halloween fun this month by giving candy to the trick-or-treaters, going to a costume party, and maybe even checking out NYC's fabulous Halloween parade. In addition to that though, I want to take time to hold the holiday in my heart and cherish the memories of those I've loved who are no longer here. Between the 2, having fun and remembering my beloveds, Halloween suddenly feels like an extra-ordinary tradition!
Trick-or-Treat? Treat all the way! Soul nourishment in fact!
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