Happy Halloween 2017

Sunset Photos Noordhoek South Africa

Trick, treats or trivia

 ‘Happy Halloween! The “ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night” will be traipsing the world tonight. ‘ – Luckily, my Irish friend reminded me of what was going on in the ‘civilized world’ tonight . . . which, however, didn’t keep me from getting out into my magical garden, camera in hand, to take photos of the most  spectacular sunset above Noordhoek Beach I’ve seen in a long time! And this after a day of light thunderstorms and some raindrops one couldn’t call rain . . .  yet! Oh, and the clouds above Chapman’s Peak . . . what a treat for the eye!

Speaking of treats . . .

Inbetween the delirious cloudscapes and the golden rays, I saw a girl dashing into our garden on a pony, wearing a pink teddy-pyjama, shouting fiercely “tricks or treats!” like a surreal Alice in Wonderland. As she saw the camera in my hand and the bliss on my face, she turned and disappeared like a ghost into that eerie land where spirits dwell, between the living and the dead – leaving no song behind, no poem, not even a smile. Where do the good old traditions go? Just pumpkins, costumes, parties, trivia?

Cloud Photos Noordhoek South Africa

 

Do you know where Halloween actually comes from?

No wonder my Irish friend reminded me, as it was part of an ancient Celtic religion in Britain. Have a look at this Halloween Video from where I quote:

“Halloween is an annual holiday, celebrated each year on October 31, that has roots in age-old European traditions. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Around the world, as days grow shorter and nights get colder, people continue to usher in the season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.”

Now you know! Just that we’re living in the Southern hemisphere down here at the Cape of Good Hope near cape Town, South Africa, and the days are getting longer, not shorter, and the nights getting shorter, not longer – so it’s quite the opposite . . . but anything’s good for a fun party with tricks or treats . . . for a ‘Dance Between Worlds’!

Since when has Halloween turned into one of America’s most favorite celebrations?

“Trick or treats” instead of guising on Halloween came up in the US in the 1920s and 1930s, starting in the west.  Today, many Americans and Canadians celebrate Halloween by dressing up in costumes and telling eerie stories of ghosts and spirits, while the kids parade from house to house, calling out “Trick or treat!” for having their bags filled with sweets or money.

What I saw in the news today were lots of celebrities dressing up for stylish fundraising events from New York to LA.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN – may there be many treats for your eyes and your soul!