Friday

Hallowe'en Greetings!

It is the morning of All Hallows Eve and I am planning a day of traditional food, that most Irish have eaten all their lives, once a year on this occasion which is probably the only purely Irish tradition that we still actively celebrate. Some people still recognise the two Solstice days but it is the minority. So Hallowe'en is the last standing tradition left for us to recognise our ancestry, the druidic Ireland. It is clinging to its roots, but the bonfires become less and less, the witches are morphing into superheroes and the chocolate covered apples are becoming apple shaped chocolate...

Sure the "Trick or Treat" side of things has become popular in the last few things, I try to convince my daughter that "Apples or Nuts", as we used to say, is better but she doesn't listen. And the outfits become shop bought, top to tail, no imagination needed. Apart from the expense, we still like to make our outfits, as my mother did for me, from odds and ends, bits and bobs. Traditionally you waited until it was dark to get dressed so we uphold that also. Then with faces painted and a shopping bag ready, they'll eat a big bowl of Colcannon, maybe find a sixpence, and head out into the smoky nights to collect their dues...

Joe the Pirate



4 comments:

Emily said...

Happy all hallows eve! I love learning about the origin of holidays but always find it sad when I see what they have become. I'm glad you are holding on to what traditions you can. I helped the International Students carve pumpkins and make candy apples last night. It was very cool seeing the looks on their faces when they learned about out strange traditions.

Lisa said...

Good for you Emily! Happy Hallowe'en!

Ciara said...

Hear hear...!!! Let's hear it for tradition!

It was colcannon and barm brack around our table last night too!

Nicole said...

Cute cute cute. I like to "put together" and make costumes as well ... generally. Luckily my mom has a closet filled with old clothes, old costumes and bits and pieces of them.