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HALLOWEEN

Post by mavisbramston » 01 Nov 2017, 10:33

I used to hate Halloween. You know the old parochial insular reasons. Why was Australia following this American tradition? Suddenly we were all becoming very nationalistic and anti American.(even though it all started in Ireland).
I have changed my mind. I now love Halloween.
But if you reject Halloween because its too American then you must chuck out those Elvis records and stop watching American movies.
I think Halloween is a fabulous community event. We are all becoming distrusting of one another and Halloween brings us together. Its fun to see neighbours meeting neighbours. Kids today are being taught to be fearful of ALL adults. That is going to create a really awful society in the future.
By the way the retail industry is doing really well out of Halloween.
In the years to come we will have our own unique Australian Halloween trabditions.

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Post by kfchugo » 01 Nov 2017, 11:02

I really dont see Halloween as having any relevance at all for Australians. It started as a religious celebration to remember the dead and has become just another mechanism for retailers and sweet manufacturers to rip more money out of a gullible populace. Do we really need another excuse for our already obese kids to eat more sugar? :teary

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Post by mavisbramston » 01 Nov 2017, 12:01

Humbug. Sorry kfhugo could not resist

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Post by Perrorist » 01 Nov 2017, 12:10

Rid it of commercialism and it might find more favour.

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Post by mavisbramston » 01 Nov 2017, 13:31

I know where you are coming from perrorist but its the commercialism that has made it so popular today .
Its a pity bcause its rather expensive.
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Post by mavisbramston » 01 Nov 2017, 13:55

I think once we are all dead and buried Halloween will be bigger than Christmas.

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Post by lynny » 01 Nov 2017, 15:45

I don't do Halloween. :icon-mrgreen:

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Post by Perrorist » 01 Nov 2017, 20:49

We don't get people knocking on our door. It's 200 metres up a steep hill from the road and 50 down again to the house. It deters everyone.

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Post by Mahalia » 01 Nov 2017, 21:07

Confess I am not a fan. In years past I would make sure that the house was in darkness to discourage any visitors looking to trick or treat, now I am in a community village where you need a gate code to gain access - so no worries at all this year. Peace perfect peace :good_one
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Post by Dreamweaver » 01 Nov 2017, 22:45

It was believed by the Celts that on the night of 31st October, ghosts of the dead would walk again amongst them, and large bonfires were lit in each village in order to ward off any evil spirits. All house fires were put out and new fires lit from these great bonfires.
Until recently, ‘trick or treat’ was unknown in Scotland. Instead children dressed up and pretended to be evil spirits and went ‘guising’ (or “galoshin”). The custom traces back to a time when it was thought that by disguising children in this way they would blend in with the spirits that were abroad that night. Children arriving at a house so ‘disguised’ would receive an offering to ward off evil. Today it is expected that the children, as well as dressing up, also perform a party trick – a song or a dance, or recite a poem, for example – before they are offered a treat which could be fruit, nuts or more commonly nowadays, money or sweets.
http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Ha ... -Scotland/

My main objection is the trick and treating, not good in any way for the kids. Once in the news was a report of a householder lacing sweets with broken glass for the kids! I would always have a stock of apples to give, always saw the disappointment for them of not getting sweets, bickies, or money, but felt it was the best compromise.

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Post by mavisbramston » 02 Nov 2017, 22:43

We have tarted to do Halloween but we really do much more on Chinese new year.

Dont mind Christmas and Easter but feel the religious stuff takes the real jeaning out of these occasions. I love, santa and the bunny but dislike the virgin birth and stuff. Religion spoils the fun.
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Re: HALLOWEEN

Post by Perrorist » 03 Nov 2017, 06:17

People forget that the true meaning of Xmas is to see how much we can indulge ourselves.

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Post by mavisbramston » 03 Nov 2017, 10:04

Exactly. Nothing exceeds like excess. Who said that?
I think Christmas should be renamed Santamas. I find the story of Santa more credible than virgin birth.

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