Trick or Treating
The practice of trick or treating began with the Celtic tradition of celebrating the end of the year by dressing up as evil spirits. The Celts believed that, as we moved from one year to the next, the dead and the living would overlap, and demons would roam the earth again. So dressing up as demons was a defense mechanism. If you encountered a real demon roaming the Earth, they would think you were one of them.
The Catholic Church turned the demon dress-up party into “All Hallows Eve,” “All Soul’s Day,” and “All Saints Day” and had people dress up as saints, angels, and even demons.
But trick or treating did not migrate along with Europeans to the United States. It didn’t re-emerge until the 1920s and 1930s. Then, it paused for a bit during World War II because of sugar rations.
The term “trick or treat” dates back to 1927.
The British apparently hate Halloween. In 2006, a survey found that over half of British homeowners turn off their lights and pretend not to be home on Halloween.
Halloween also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead.
It is believed that many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals and that such festivals may have had pagan roots. Some believe, however, that Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, separate from ancient festivals.
In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this day, including apples and potato pancakes.
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The Grammar Diva is tired. I have been writing this blog every single week for about five years. Haven’t missed a single week. I am going to take a break! During this November and December, you will be receiving weekly posts as usual, but they will be reposts – “The Best of the Grammar Diva.” In addition I will add some links to interesting word- and grammar-related articles I have seen during the previous week. So please do not unsubscribe! I hope you will be filling my inbox with wonderful ideas for new posts to begin the first weekend of 2018. In the meantime, here is what I will be doing:
Nov. 4 – Redwood Writers Anthology Workshop Grammar Session (open to Redwood Writers only)
Nov. 11 – Featured speaker at Mt. Diablo Writers monthly meeting – Members and guests
Nov. 13 – Reader at Dining with the Authors at Gaia’s Garden reading stories about Sonoma County and stores about the fires. Everyone Welcome! LAD November 2017
Nov. 25 – Featured speaker at Fremont Writers monthly meeting – Members and guests
I am working on my new book: I Wrote a Book: Now What? The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Self Publishing
I am working on my other new book, a set of three of my books: The Best Little Grammar Book Ever, The Best Little Grammar Workbook Ever, and Does Your Flamingo Flamenco? I have a very rough cover that I have designed, and I would love your comments and suggestions on anything: title, design, whatever!
Happy Holidays from The Grammar Diva!