“It could be witches Some evil witches.
Which is ridiculous ‘Cause witches they were persecuted
Wicca good, and love the Earth
And woman power And I’ll be over here.” – Xander in the Buffy musical episode
Hallowe’en is here. The night where demons, witches, vampires and zombies come out to play. In the recent celebrations that is. This day actually has a very ancient and different origin. It was originally a Celtic festival, the Samhain, which was a celebration of the end of the harvest season, and it’s sometimes called the Celtic New Year.
Instead of doing a rewrite of wikipedia’s entry I’ll leave you with a quote on Hallowe’en.
Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.
It’s true that it’s being a comercial holliday more than anything else lately, but I enjoy the spirit of the thing a lot more than the Carnival event we have here in Portugal. I prefer the fantasy/horror theme of Hallowe’en, and love the pumpkins and other decorations typical of this time of the year. Plus, no carts filled with silly Portuguese semi-naked women in the Winter in an attempt to imitate Brasil’s Carnival. Hello? Brasilian chicks are almost naked in the Carnival in Brasil because it’s friggin Summer there. Winter here. Got it? Thanks!
Tonight I’m going to (well, co-throwing) a Hallowe’en party. I might be the only one wearing a mask, but I’m hoping I’m not alone in this. The mask I got was not the one I wanted but it will have to do. I would prefer playing a witch but the old-looking broom or a cool-looking staff was nowhere to be found.
We’ve bought candy, we’re taking some hallowe’eny decoration, although not much as we never celebrated the event in a party, and my friend Alma has even been baking us some evil cookies and cupcakes, and other friends are taking a home-made dessert. Yesterday after work I went shopping to the nearby mall with my fiancée and we bought most of the munchies and drinks for the party. I’m hoping we didn’t exaggerate much with the quantities we bought but better get more than not enough I guess. 😛
Small detail: between all the running around and shopping I haven’t had time to spare with packing, so I will only do that tonight. No biggie, I only need a change of clothes. 😛 I hope next year I have the time to make some Hallowe’en-themed cookies and cupcakes also. :]
It will be a night of games, movies, music, eating, and most of all, of chatting and socializing. It will be fun!