Here begineth the rant ….
It is that time of year again. the time of year when parents allow their kids to run riot and create havoc. Yes it’s Halloween !!! You may gather, that I do not like what Halloween has turned into. I remember going to parties dressed up and played games such as bobbing for apples, but now it has changed. We now have ‘Trick or Treat’ which is another American export that the gullible Brits have picked up on. ‘Trick or treat’ is extortion !! Give me something or I’ll do some damage. If it wasn’t a kid with a plastic bin liner, you’d call the police !! Another thing, It used to be only on 31st October. We now have ‘Halloween Weekend’ !!!!
I think it is time to stop, and have a serious look at what Halloween is all about.
Quote from Wikipedia
Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)”.The name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and Celts in the British Isles is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English folk lore: “Certainly Samhain was a time for festive gatherings, and medieval Irish texts and later Irish, Welsh, and Scottish folklore use it as a setting for supernatural encounters, but there is no evidence that it was connected with the dead in pre-Christian times, or that pagan religious ceremonies were held.”
The Irish myths which mention Samhain were written in the 10th and 11th centuries by Christian monks. This is around 200 years after the Catholic church inaugurated All Saints Day and at least 400 years after Ireland became Christian”