Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween Trivia

In line with the meme du jour, did you know that (?):

"Halloween was originally a Celtic holiday celebrated on October 31.

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

According to folklore, the jack-o-lantern got his name from a man named Jack.

Turnips and beets served as the original jack-o-lanterns.

Jack o lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Mexico celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' instead of Halloween. "

Now for a side note. Perhaps the last item is a part of the cultural dimension largely overlooked in understanding the Manila and Acapulco Galleon? Could be a good place to start when revisiting Philippine History. Trik or Trit! Hapi Halowin!

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