Orlie likes Halloween candy so much that sometimes she tries to eat it without taking off the wrapper first. Mmmm, Snickers....
I was going through some old boxes and I found these photograph wallets that I found in my parents' house. (My mother never threw anything away.) Look at the attempt fo the color photograph wallet to look futuristic, thus only making it look more firmly fixed in its own decade! They are stamped with the names of various pharmacies in Wexford Town, and written on the back of some of them is "Miss Crotty" and dated 1959, the year she met my father. I'm happy to have these relics from my mother as a young single woman in 1950s Ireland.
(image via Wikimedia Commons)
As millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on the night of October 31st, few will be aware of its ancient Celtic roots in the Samhain (Samain) 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 the spirits of those who had died during the past year to pass through.
The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. People wore costumes and masks to disguise themselves as harmful spirits and thus avoid harm. Bonfires and food played a large part in the festivities.
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.
Happy Celtic New Year and Happy Haunting!
Few things excite me like buying a brand new calendar for the brand new year ahead; there's just something thrilling about something so totally blank, and the promise of all those pages just waiting to be filled in with new advenchas and LIFE. I'm super fussy about what I write in, and have found that the pocket-sized, 12 month, daily planner from Moleskine is absolutely perfect. My 2015 has been pretty in pink, and I've dubbed 2016 my "blue book of happiness." Now that I've bought it, I plan on getting cozy with a beer and transferring birthdays and holidays in with a regular old pencil. Then I'll add things like weddings and events I know are in the works. Then I leave it somewhere I can see it in my apartment, and flip through every now and again wondering where I'll be and what I'll be doing in a few months time, until January, where it will accompany me wherever I go. Here's to filling it up with tons of good, exciting, weird, and wonderful stuff.
The best part about hosting this cool class on their school field trip were the thank you cards.