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Tidbits :: Saturday October 31, 2009

Kate Moos on All Souls Day: “

The confluence of the rambunctious American ritual of Halloween with the somber and sobering feast days of All Saints and All Souls
that follow on its heels has always been confusing to me — never more
so than when I was a child. Halloween ranked second to Christmas for
the near-hysteria of our anticipation.

The thrill of dressing up to be something scary was delicious,
especially so because, as the smallest and youngest member of my large
Catholic family, I was much more experienced at being scared than being
scary. Halloween allowed me to become the monster. This, no doubt, is
at the heart of its hold over us. We’re able to put on the clothing of
that which frightens us: darkness and death itself.

Mata H on The Day of the Dead – a time for celebrations, home altars, sugar skulls: “The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos ) is a celebration of
the deceased which occurs on November 1 and November 2, mostly in
Mexico and among Mexican Americans, coinciding with the Roman Catholic
celebrations of All Hallows Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
The origins of this celebration can be traced back to the Aztecs and
Mayans as long as 3,000 years ago.”