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Please tell me what is the purpose of Halloween, and why is Halloween tolerated ?

Discussion in 'ex-Rag Chew Central' started by KD7SIZ, Oct 2, 2010.

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  1. KD7SIZ

    KD7SIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    There must be something that I am missing in my understanding of Halloween. Maybe someone could explain to me what is good about Halloween.

    Halloween seems to me to be something that one would want to keep their kids away from, instead of encouraging their kids to participate in.

    I think that there is enough real horror in any one week within the TV news these days, to satisfy anyone's need for the horror simulations that are expressed within Halloween.

    Why do we need organized and planned horror simulations, as occurs in Halloween, when there is so much real horror in the TV news ?

    I believe that some places around the world have gotten ride of Halloween.

    My vote is to get ride of Halloween. Maybe if Halloween was gone, then for some mysterious reason then the TV news would have less real horror.
  2. KT7DAD

    KT7DAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Purpose of Halloween is to support the candy industry, flash light industry and costume industry.....
  3. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'm thinkin' not.
  4. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Here ya go:

    Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while "some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)".[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".[1] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

    Snap-Apple Night by Daniel Maclise showing a Halloween party in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The young children on the right bob for apples. A couple in the center play a variant, which involves retrieving an apple hanging from a string. The couples at left play divination games.The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes[2] regarded as the "Celtic New Year".[3]

    The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.[4][5] Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.[6] Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

    Another common practice was divination, which often involved the use of food and drink.

    The name 'Halloween' and many of its present-day traditions derive from the Old English era.[7][8][9]

    Origin of name
    The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early twentieth century, the spelling "Hallowe'en" was frequently used, eliding the "v" and shortening the word. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hálȝena mæssedæȝ, the feast of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556.[10]<

    Lots more information is available if you look for it.
  5. KC0W

    KC0W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    As long as we're in the politically correct vein regarding the subject of Halloween:

    Why the hell are they called MAN hole covers..................Shouldn't they be called PEOPLE hole covers? :)

    Tom KCØW
  6. KE5FRF

    KE5FRF Ham Member QRZ Page

    The purpose of Halloween is to have fun and get candy. It is a night where kids can have a little mischief "all in good fun".

    I don't ever remember any horror occurring for me as a child at Halloween time...just a bag full of sweet tarts and other assorted goodies that my mother had to go through to pick out the suspect stuff. Thats really the biggest horror of Halloween, that there are actually people who would hurt or poison children.

    Where do you live where Halloween is so full of horror? Camp Crystal Lake?
  7. WC5P

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    On a visit to Japan, I was asked to explain halloween to a gathering of Japanese folks. I tried my best, but I don't think they ever did get it. They thought it was some sort of a religous holiday, and I just couldn't seem to get across to them that it originated as a sort of anti-religous "festival".

    What's funny though, is that a lot of folks over there (mostly young adults) dress up in costumes on halloween, even though they have no clue what it's about.
  8. N5PAR

    N5PAR Ham Member QRZ Page

    No disrespect intended but how old are you and where have you lived all your life. Just about everyone knows the reason Halloween. To get candy.
    At least that's how I always thought of it as a kid back in the 50s and 60s. Also, how in the world would getting ride of Halloween create less horror in the news. Horrible things happen all the time.

    I actually think this is intended as a troll post. I don't see how anyone who has been around for more that a few years could think Halloween creates really horror.
  9. AD5MB

    AD5MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    while we are on the subject...

    has anyone ever encountered an actual factual documented case of candy tampering?

    seems to happen about as often as people drowning due to stomach cramps when they swim too soon after eating.
  10. NZ2N

    NZ2N Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm not really a big fan of Halloween BUT it gives me a chance to dig out my awesome scary records. Thanks to our local junk shops and eBay, I've been able to find the same ones that terrified me as a stupid little kid and I have to admit, I could listen to these things all year long.
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