Hallowe'en; a day all ages can celebrate. Whether children want to put holes in their teeth and far too much sugar into their energy reserves, or anyone older to bring out their inner scare or simply just use it as an excuse to party. It's a big holiday for a good reason.
Halloween certainly was not always a commercialized and "happy" holiday, however. Way back in the 16th century is where it's believed roots come from. It was a day for the farmers and stock owners to prepare for the winter ahead, as well as the belief that this time of year was when this world and the next were "closest" to each other, meaning that magicks and sinister spirits would be likely to arise, even the dead to "visit" the living. To ward off such evil, bonfires would be lit and prayers to the gods begging for protection. Such rituals sometimes even involved human sacrifice... Grim indeed. The roots of trick-or-treating and other such common Halloween practices have relatively old roots as well. Enjoy this dark day in whatever way you please, my friends. This is quite obviously, my holiday pick of the day.
The large holiday we all were expecting aside, today we have a surprisingly large eight holidays in addition to Halloween.
National Candy Apple Day
Books for Treats Day
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
National UNICEF Day
National Candy Apple Day is yet another unhealthy food celebrates only in the US; but it gets a pass from me since it's tied in with Halloween. A sugary glaze with the healthy food of an apple could certainly be worse on your dietary health than a lot of common treats on Halloween, so today ain't a bad day to eat one.
Books for Treats Day is something that every white collar, stereotypical housewife mother seems to join in on, and annoy whatever kids show up and her doorstep with books instead of candy. 99% of kids are gonna toss the book that could of gone to a DONATION fund for orphans or youngin's of poverty in general. This holiday gets a big GTFO since it not only pisses people off, but has a terrible direction that could be used for something much more worthwhile. GTFO!
Magic Day celebrates the greatest magician of all time, Harry Houdini, and to tie in with Halloween as well. Houdini's date of death was actually on the 31st of October, ironically. Magic Day is simple in that you're to celebrate modern magic and illusory tricks of magicians, whether you're to learn it and maybe even perform it yourself, or simply learn about it and it's history. Perhaps you'll even go and see a magician's show with friends. Knowing just a few card tricks is always interesting regardless, so it's a holiday to appreciate and participate in, indeed.
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day... Do not want. -_-; GTFO to you too.
National UNICEF Day celebrates and promotes that one organization for children's rights and such. They've got business on their agenda that ties into Halloween as well, so... yeah.
Reformation Day is exactly what you read in the last post; except the difference is, Reformation Sunday goes on the last October's Sunday in US Churches. Generally, Reformation Day is celebrated on the 31st regardless instead of that Sunday... Technical date details noone should care about, really.
Samhain is what replaces Halloween for multiple religions. I know little about it, so... here ya go.
Admission Day is the original name of "Nevada Day", and is logically named as such because Nevada officially became a state in 1864 of the same date. There's been a lot of commotion about the date(s) to celebrate this in the past decade, actually. At one point, it was extended to multiple days in hopes to up knowledge and notice for Nevada Day.
Plans for Halloween, anyone? I didn't receive a costume for no reason, so I'll be attending a party. And aside from that, do ya'll care at all for Halloween, and why or why not?