We interrupt the series on Ports of Call to bring you Hallowe’en, a perspective in words and pictures over the years. The pictures are as current as an hour ago, as well as from the family vault. The great words are from a wise friend of ours who is an artist with words and graces our computer not enough.
“The feast of All Hallows is upon us. It was an extremely dark repudiation of the Church in its beginnings, but now it is simply a chance to do something crazy with the grandchildren. The guys who originally planned to desroy the foundations of the faith were kind of hopeless. How could they have foreseen the days when black lipstick would seal the deal between a Catholic and a Heretic, leading to a lifelong love, grandchildren, and the ultimate glorification of God? Those who harboured hatred were to be sorely disappointed. Have fun with the kids on the Hallowed Evening, and do not change one single thing. An admirer in the fog.” -McK
Celebrating Hallowe’en in Malaysia
Hallowe’en is starting to catch on in Asia thanks largely to the number of expatriates and their families that live there. I have noticed a few differences between Hallowe’en in Malaysia and in Canada. Hallowe’en displays in the stores and malls are even bigger than in Canada, but the local children do not go door to door looking for treats (or tricks). The trick or treat part of it is carried on in the condos and apartment buildings where expatriates live and it usually involves groups of children and parents with cameras, accompanied by security personnel. The other big difference is that even if you did go outside in Malaysia, you could go with shorts and sandals under your costume because the temperature rarely goes below 25 degrees celsius at night.
Meanwhile, back in Canada…
Get your coats on because the temperature in Pembroke this Hallowe’en is 2 degrees celsius, plus wind.
Halloween has Celtic origins. In pre-Christian times, many people believed that spirits from the underworld and ghosts of dead people could visit the world of the living on the night of October 31. These spirits could harm the living or take them back to the underworld. To avoid this, people started dressing up as ghosts and spirits if they left their homes on October 31. They hoped that this would confuse the ghosts and spirits.
Halloween was also a time, when spirits might give messages to people. In some areas, it was traditional for unmarried girls to poor molten lead into water. The shape that the lead took when it hardened was seen as a clue to the professions of their future husbands. Halloween traditions were brought to Canada by Irish and Scottish immigrants. Halloween is now celebrated in a range of other countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.