Did some research on Halloween, got the usual yada yada: Celtic pagan harvest celebration appropriated by Christianity into a harvest/Day of the Dead holiday. The connection with the dead being from the ancient Celtic belief (and this is lazy Wikipedia research so take it for what it is) that the border between this world and the Otherworld is thinnest at this time of year and because of that much fire was lit, alcohol imbibed, and costumes donned to ward off the less friendly spirits which is totally my kind of party. Christianity, with its spiritual connection with the dead: sainted and purgatorial, infused a particular unity with souls in these realms into the celebration, with an acknowledgment of the dangers of evil spirits. The term "Hallowe'en" is a 16th century Scottish word meaning "All Hallow's Even" which simply means the day before All Saints Day, November 1st. The day after that is most popularly know as the Mexican Día de los Muertos which is just the Spanish term for All Souls Day. So it is actually an epic three day holiday to remind us mortals of our connection with the dead.
Holidays seem to get very cheesy and populated by tacky plastic disposable decorations when cultures forget why they are celebrating them so I want to find a chic, authentic way to celebrate Halloween.
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