Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Fun Halloween Facts
I love the harvest season, and Halloween is such a fun holiday! Every year I look forward to seeing the children get excited about the festivities, and I love the decorations! The weather cools down, the leaves change, new foods appear in the market, and I couldn't be happier!
In celebration of the spooky season, I thought it would be fun to share a few Halloween facts with you that you may not know...
* In Europe, pumpkins are not what's carved! Potatoes, beets, and turnips signal the season and in some traditions are carved to provide a safe place for wandering spirits to reside during the festivities.
* Halloween is known as 'Samhain' (pronounced Sow-In) in many parts of Europe. It's an ancient festival time celebrating those who have passed on and the mysteries of life.
* In America, Halloween is third in line after the Super Bowl and New Year's Eve for parties.
* Over 85% Of American households add some form of decoration to their homes.
* More than half of the Halloween costumes sold in the USA are for adults.
* In many spiritual traditions, it is believed that the invisible 'veil' that separates our realm from the next is very thin. For this reason, ancestors, spirits, and other beings are more able to cross over and interact with us. Halloween in America coincides with Samhain in Europe and Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico.
* The traditional Halloween colors of orange and black represent the harvest and the mystery of the season. When a plant is harvested, its seeds will create the next crop. For this reason, our ancient ancestors saw a connection between the final harvest season and the passing of a soul from this world to the next.