We’re two weeks into October, and I’ve already seen at least three people wearing Christmas sweaters. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all into some Christmas spirit, but it seems to me that those people are forgetting something even more amazing: Halloween. My favourite holiday of the year. Why, you ask? It’s simple.
Well, for starters, Halloween is a truly interesting holiday. Historically the holiday traces back all the way to the Celts’ seasonal tradition of Samhain, marking the beginning of winter. The Celts divided the year in four major holidays, and Samhain was seen as the most important one: it marked both the beginning and the end of an eternal circle. For the Celts, it was the start of a new year. They harvested the crops they had grown over the previous year and stored them to survive winter, and the end of the year was thoroughly celebrated, as people hoped another prosperous year would follow. IT’S BASICALLY CELTIC NEW YEAR GUYS. IS THAT NOT ENOUGH REASON TO CELEBRATE?
“What on earth does a harvest fest has to do with Halloween though?” Well, Samhain was about more than just that, and it’s truly badass: it was the day on which the souls of the dead travelled to the otherworld, and as they did they were able to mingle with the living until about midwinter. The Celts sacrificed fruit, vegetables and animals, and lit huge bonfires to lead the souls on their way. Sounds more Halloween-y already, huh? What eventually gave the last push towards creepy Halloween as we know it today, were, well, the Catholics. (Talk about anti-climax, I know.) They stripped Samhain of its pagan meaning and associated the supernatural context with the devil, resulting in the day of horror we still celebrate today.
And even though Halloween has lost most of its meaning for 99% of the people celebrating it today, I feel like it’s important to write about it, because the Samhain history only adds to how frigging awesome of a holiday Halloween is. Not only is it a badass Celtic holiday that the Catholics never truly were able to abolish, it’s also the only time you can walk around all dressed up for an entire day and nobody’s going to ask you any questions. People will just go like “ah, she must be celebrating Halloween“, and won’t give it a second thought.
NA-AH MOTHERFLUFFERS, I’M DRESSING UP BECAUSE THIS HOLIDAY IS COOL LIKE A FRIDGE AND BECAUSE I LOVE LOOKING LIKE A DAMN PRINCESS AND HALLOWEEN IS THE ONE DAY A YEAR THIS SHIT IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE FOR PEOPLE OLDER THAN 12. So excuse me as I gather anything princess-related I find for the next two weeks, because I’m about to have a royal blast.
- L. Parole