Halloween

Grim Reaper, death personified
It’s Halloween, and that means you might catch a glimpse of the silent spectre of death lurking about…The Grim Reaper is just one of the terrors awaiting in the shadows.

Why do we celebrate such a ghoulish holiday?
From Wikipedia:
“Halloween has origins in the ancient Gaelic festival known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in or sau-an), which is dervied from Old Irish and meaning “summer’s end”.”
A similar celebration held by ancient Britons was known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced kalan-geyf). The festival of Samhain celebrated the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”. It is sometimes regarded as the Celtic New Year.”
No matter how or even if you celebrate Halloween, it would seem that the world has a fascination with all things scary, be it death, dark, or life itself.
A few death-ly links:
The Death Clock (When am I going to die?)
Find A Grave
Ghost Towns and History of the American West
Haunted Places Directory
Death Online

Happy Halloween from <a href="http://www.historyinvogue.comNW Limited…History in VogueTM!

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Published in: on October 30, 2009 at 1:31 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. inspire the future…

    Walking the streets of Manhattan….


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