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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:30 PM

It's that time of the year again, the time for Trick or Treating, pumpkins, scary costumes and enough candy to last well into next year. But where did Halloween originate - and what exactly is 'Halloween' ? Our modern celebration of Halloween actually comes from the ancient Celtic festival 'Samhain', meaning 'Summer's End'. The Irish English dictionary defines 'Samhain' as "Samhain, All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May." The end of summer was of particular significance to the Celts, since they were a pastoral people, and at that time their lives changed dramatically due to the onset of winter.  Folk tradition tells of many different practices associated with Samhain, in particular divinations associated with marriage, involving the ducking for apples to decide who would be first to marry in the coming year. The practice of 'Trick or Treating' originally involved people immitating 'fairies' by going from house to house begging for treats. Practial jokes would be played on the owner of the house should the provision of treats be denied.

To this day many of the original practices are still performed in one form or another, and many who follow the pagan religion still treat Halloween as a religious festival - a day on which to remember dead friends and family. So when the kids come knocking at your door tonight trick or treating - think back to the origins of Halloween, and consider how you may have been spending October 31st had you been among those celebrating Samhain in the distant past. Happy Halloween !

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:45 PM

Happy Halloween to everybody  

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:48 PM

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:50 PM

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!   cat.gif  alien.gif  devil.gif  bounce.gif  rainfro.gif  wiggle.gif  

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 12:54 PM

Happy Halloween!!  laugh.gif  thumbsup.gif  cat.gif  

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 01:29 PM

Happy Halloween People!! sasmokin.gif  

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 01:46 PM

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Posted 31 October 2003 - 05:50 PM

To all my friends, enemies, lovers and others on this board; I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween. Get lots of candy and avoid misty paths and evil looking castles

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 08:38 PM

Halloween is pretty cool. I get to scare people, no treats.

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 09:02 PM

Oh yay!!  Halloween!!!  I'm gonna be Marilyn Monroe!  Who knew!?

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 09:22 PM

QUOTE(crystal3rose @ Sep 5 2004, 05:02 PM)
Oh yay!!  Halloween!!!  I'm gonna be Marilyn Monroe!  Who knew!?

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You stole my costume. Happy Halloween everybody.

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 09:37 PM

Happy halloween.

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 09:40 PM

Halloween is 2 months away...

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 10:03 PM

you know, thats a good point

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Posted 05 September 2004 - 10:08 PM

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! FREE CANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I warn you all, in the months after halloween, I eat nothing but candy. prepare to be annoyed.

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Ya know, a few days ago I found a better explaination(sp?) for Angelfish than "Cus it sounds cool".
But than I realized there was no one around to hear it, and I got really depressed.
I hope you all intend to make me feel better.

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