Day #1 of Halloween Countdown

 Today starts our countdown to Halloween!

Monday Day #1  : As a school at home  family you have the options to celebrate holidays the way you want or not at all. Do you celebrate Halloween? All Saints Day ?  Day of the Dead? or Harvest Time?  It’s your choice – here a little history & fun facts about the holiday –

 

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Halloween is an annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Around the world, as days grow shorter and nights get colder, people continue to usher in the season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

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AS a child living in South Louisiana my grandparents always celebrated All saints Day. A mostly Catholic holiday it celebrates those that are gone. And a special time to visit family members already departed. Cleaning plots and laying fresh flowers .

My own son celebrated in elementary school with friends in dressing up, parades & parties.

Today as he is older we pretty much ignore it other than the Halloween Candy ( But that’s another post)

Friends celebrate the Day of the Dead because it’s a Mexican holiday and, of course, we’re Mexican. This tradition comes from our ancestors. My family used to celebrate this special day to honor our deceased loved ones. We decorated an altar with bright colors, candles, pictures, and a lot of food ( look for more fun)

And our wonderful Fall bounty can be celebrated by all   with colorful leaves, walk in the park ,Corn mazes & bounty of fall foods.

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Explores Halloween and Day of the Dead traditions from around the world, including All Saint’s and All Soul’s Days, the Day of the Dead, and other celebrations for the dead.