All Hallows’ Eve (aka Halloween) is a Gaelic tradition, originating in the United Kingdom. ‘Hallowmas,’ as it was known, was the day before ‘All Souls Day.’ In the middle ages, peasants and beggars would dress in costumes and go door to door, praying for the souls of the dead. At the same time, they would gather treats from homeowners, or play tricks on those who didn’t offer goodies. Though originating within Britain, Ireland and Scotland, tales of praying and remembering the dead can be found all the way down to Italy. Read more HERE.
Though Halloween has become commercialized and kid friendly (mostly because of American pop culture) around the world, it was traditionally an overlapping point between life and death. In regards to crops, it was the end of the harvest season, and time to make peace with bad spirits. By wearing costumes and masks, villagers were paying their respects to those who had passed before them. Even homage to those things they perceived to go “bump” in the night. These days, the bumps and noise usually come from us. Before a party session, a friend dressed as FX’s hit series ‘Wilfred’ drank aged scotch whiskey and smoked a cigarette. Even a week before the holiday, party people get geared up for All Hallows’ Eve. History.com and others can give more info on our delightfully delinquent holiday.Check back later this week for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir