Day 304 – October 31 Halloween

Any evening that starts out with scarecrows and zombies then ends with sangria can’t be all that bad, right?  Of course not.  It’s amazing how these traditions get started over the years and expand and morph into something that most people don’t even understand the origin of.  Halloween was originally called All Hallows’ Eve, the night before All Saints Day (November 1) that Pope Gregory III designated back in the eighth century to honor all saints and martyrs.  In my French class just last week we were discussing French culture and I learned that the trick-or-treat tradition is purely American and for the French, November 1 is more comparable to our American May holiday of Memorial Day.  I’m really glad someone came up with the trick-or-treat concept and turned it into such a community based event in the United States.  Can’t beat a fun evening of dressing up and free candy when you’re a kid!   When you’re an adult the candy just turns into a liquid version.   🙂

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