November 1, 2010
Did You Have a Good Halloween?
I love Halloween; it can be so much fun! Plus, since my beloved Giants are in the World Series, it’s extremely convenient that the whole city of San Francisco is decked out in orange and black!
Though most people know the annual traditions of Halloween in the United States– carving pumpkins, going trick-or-treating, telling scary stories, wearing costumes– but many people forget that Halloween originated as a religious holiday as the night before All Saints’ Day (which is still practiced).
Halloween began as “All-Hallows-Even” (”even” being short for “evening”) in 1556. Then, up until the 20th century, people began to shorten its name to “Hallowe’en,” putting the apostrophe where the V should have been. Of course, now, we’re so lazy that we don’t even use the apostrophe anymore.
All Hallows Eve is celebrated as the day before All Saints’ Day, which is practiced in solemnity to honor all of the Catholic Saints. It commemorates every person in history who has earned the title of “Saint,” and traditionally (mostly in Spain, Mexico, and Portugal), people celebrate Saints and the innocent (children, etc.) deceased. Though many would consider this holiday to be gloomy and depressing, the celebrations can be colorful and uplifting, more as a celebration than a mourning.
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am