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Halloween 2010

Halloween2010Hey its fun-day again! Halloween 2010! Such a fantastic way to meet your neighbours, walking around in the street and having a chat. I actually met a neighbour, two houses up the street, whose child is in the same class as my child, and I never knew this before!

And just before you firehose me: Halloween is a tradition, not a religion. Yes, some really stupid false religions will always try to make out that it is a “bad” thing from the devil. Sigh. Will they ever grow up.

I’m told that the holiday of Halloween originated under the name of Samhain as a Pagan Celt festival in Ireland and Great Britain, and immigrants from these countries brought this tradition to other countries. The term Halloween is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening of/before “All Hallows’ Day”, also known as “All Saints’ Day”. Today Holloween is celebrated with such traditional activities as having scary costume parties and watching horror movies. Kids go out trick-or-treating [click here] – a rare treat!

For me personally the date also has a sombre overtone. It was my wedding anniversary. I remember my Groom Speech (I kept the newspaper clippings) where the eminent writer Albertus van Dyk [click here] said that the 1st of November is always associated with new beginnings, when the Saints are blessing us. Sadly my marriage didn’t last, but I received many personal blessings with a child who is bringing so much sunshine into our lives. Spiritually I’m struggling to understand the meaning of this duality, the Yin and Yang, pain and laughter, for I loved her more than any other women I have ever loved. But eventually a new cycle was born in my life and this is the second year of that wonderful time already.

As the day turned into night, surely the night is turning into day again.

And as Albertus said, lets live in the light. Amen.

 

2 Responses to “Halloween 2010”

  1. Fireworks on Diwali Says:

    […] To make things even more interesting, a few days ago we celebrated All Saints Day on the 1st November, also a day of new beginnings as I wrote on my other blog. […]

  2. name temporaly witheld Says:

    one can argue that it can go both ways

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