November is close but before entering it there is this mostly American holiday that is so annoying because all the online and offline magazines, blogs, newsletters are full of it. But not only because of that, Halloween was never a holiday I liked.
Hahahahaha, great intro into a blog post about Halloween.
Nevertheless, it made me think about it and I made a little research on what it is and how it began at the first place.
Halloween is a celebration dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed on the Eve of the All Hallows’ Day (Western Christian celebration), on 31 October.
It is common to believe it seams it’s of a pagan origin and started in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man with a very narrow connection with Celtic festival of Samhain witch means ‘summer’s end’ and is celebrated on the 31st October. It has been spread to Northern America with the Anglican and Catholic colonists and it commercialised a lot until nowadays.
As it happens with almost everything there.
You probably know that Halloween includes masks, costumes, trick and treats, guising, parties, pranks, scary movies and not to forget pumpkins carvings into jack-o’-lanterns. It is believed that it presents a soul stuck in between worlds, not have been accepted nor to hell nor to heaven.
Spooky folktale, ha!?
Anyway, me personally, I’m really not into masks and disguising any more. Maybe I was into carnivals and trick and treats when I was younger, much more younger but today not much.
I asked myself what’s the matter with me, did I loose a child in me, why am I so strict and not interested in it today. And the answer is so obvious and sad actually: because it happened to other holidays too, like Christmas for example.
Halloween lost its interesting and intriguing part of it, the imagination and creativity of creating a costume and a story with it, and giving it an effort to make one of your owns. It’s all gone with supermarkets and shops where every single part of any Halloween outfit is possible to buy.
And parties are not the same any more, they are so boring and people are not scary or interesting or special at all, the masks are too common.
Why are we putting masks at all? Are we more liberated and honest under the masks? Maybe more courageous to say or do things we wouldn’t without them?
I think we should celebrate Halloween and carnivals and all the masquerades as much as possible because wearing a physical mask we actually take off the mask we wear in our everyday lives.