Web Blog of Connie Vines, author or multi-genre fiction. Awards: H.O.L.T. Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent), Orange Rose, Award of Excellence--Contemporary Romance; Independent eBook Award, Dream Realm Award. National Book Award and Frankfurt Book Award, nominee--YA Historical Fiction. Blog includes guest bloggers and snippets of WIP.
Today, I'm going to share the origin of what some consider an evil holiday, specifically one listed as celebrated most frequently. Sadly, I outgrew celebrating when my children aged out, and I tend to hide in the basement to avoid answering the door. Yet another sad fact...the doorbell hardly rings anymore, so hiding the past few years has been a total wasted effort. I think stangers lurking in the dark who aren't part of the holiday, razor blades in apples, and poison candy or popcorn balls has spoiled what was once an opportunity to bring a smile to a young face. While often deemed the "day of the dead", I don't think any youngster sees anything but candy in their future when October 31st rolls around. :) I know my grandson was really upset when the school deemed costumes could no longer be worn there...you know, we must be politically correct at all times. I have mixed emotions about this issue since the school thinks it's fine to have sock hops during school hours and charge admission. It's not okay to make those who don't celebrate feel otracized, but it's okay to ostracize those who can't afford to attend. Huh? But I've gotten totally off topic.
I'm copying this directly from Wikipedia (sans the footnotes):
According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast influenced by Celticharvest festivals,with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain.Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.