Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat


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one of the historical links to the origins of halloween is the Celtic festival of Samhain The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year"

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.

Black and orange are the traditional Halloween colors and represent the darkness of night and the color of bonfires, autumn leaves, and jack-o'-lanterns

more halloween info here...


day's end--
adding chopped pumpkin into
bubbling corn soup
--gillena cox

Trick or Treat? definitely a treat :) much love to all LUNCH BREAK visitors at halloween

13 comments:

Lorraine said...

again, charming and lovely, I know a lot about witches, from the program 'charmed' ...

Diane Mayr said...

Happy Halloween, Gillena! Enjoy your pumpkin corn chowder! Yum!

Gillena Cox said...

Have a nice day Lorraine, i've had my,encounters , growing up,
i was an avid reader of fairy tales :)

Have a nice day Diane

thanks for dropping in

much love
gillena

joo said...

Happy Halloween:)

Frieda said...

Happy Halloween and enjoy your soup!!

Gillena Cox said...

Joo, Frieda; thanks for stopping by; hope you had a nice weekend

much love
gillena

Devika said...

Hope you had a good time, Gillena :)

wishes,
devika

Gillena Cox said...

Dev
i had a quiet stay at home weekend (EXCEPT for CHURCH on Saturday afternoon)

much love
gillena

Devika said...

oh okay, Gillena...i just had the soup on my mind when i asked that :)

wishes,
devika

Gillena Cox said...

didn't even made soup Dev; the haiku reflects a past instant :)

much love
gillena

Devika said...

:)

love
dev

Adelaide said...

coming late to this post. Must try the pumkin and corn chowder. Sounds yummy.

I enjoyed the Celtic story, especially since we visited Ireland in Sept.

Adelaide

Gillena Cox said...

certainly is a delicious soup, add a few tiny dumplings:)
thanks for dropping in

much love
gillena