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Halloween

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Transcript of Halloween

FONTS
Ojibwe
The Ojibwe have many "rules" regarding spiritual practises but they are not considered superstition or folklore.
Superstitions & Folklore
the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth. All cultures around the world have ther own unique folklore and superstitions. What is superstition to us is not usually viewed as superstition by that culture, and is considered a custom.
Halloween
Halloween comes from the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced "sah-win"). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.

Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or scare them.

Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses" and carving jack-o-lanterns.

Other countries to celebrate halloween since the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

If you sit in between two people with the same name, you can make a wish.
One should remove empty bottles from the table.
Never put new, unused shoes on the table.
Unlucky to open an umbrella in doors.
Do not give a watch or a clock as a present to anyone — it sort of suggests that the recipient may be living on borrowed time
Do not give anybody living an even number of flowers — only the dead should have even numbers of flowers.
Do not spit on the ground — if you do, you may cause a decline in the reproductive forces of the earth; Do not spit into the fire — if you do, you’ll get sores on your lips; Do not spit into the well — if you do, it’ll spoil the water in it.
Do not point to the sun with your finger — if you do, your finger may wither away.

Girls — do not sit at the corner of the table! You run the risk of never getting married!
Do not look into the mirror after the sunset — or you’ll lose your beauty.
Don’t borrow money in the evening.
Do not take out litter or water after the sunset.

Do not give knives or scissors as presents. If you want somebody to have them as a gift from you make sure these items are “bought” from you for a symbolic price.
If a bird hits the windowpane in your room — it may be a harbinger of bad news.
Lucky to meet a black cat. Black Cats are featured on many good luck greetings cards and birthday cards in England.
Lucky to touch wood. Knock on wood 3 times for good luck.
Lucky to find a four leafed clover.
Catch falling leaves in Autumn and you will have good luck. Every leaf means a lucky month next year.

Cut your hair when the moon is waxing and you will have good luck.

Putting money in the pocket of new clothes brings good luck.
Halloween got its name from All Saint's day (All hallow's day), a Catholic holiday celebrating all of the Saints. It began in 735 AD.
Old English halgian "to make holy, to honor as holy, consecrate, ordain," related to halig "holy," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Saxon helagon, Middle Dutch heligen, Old Norse helga), from PIE root *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" . Used in Christian translations to render Latin sanctificare. Also used since Old English as a noun meaning "holy person, saint." Related: Hallowed; hallowing.
Superstition (n.)
early 13c., from Old French superstition or directly from Latin superstitionem (nominative superstitio), noun of action from superstare (see superstitious). Originally especially of religion; sense of "unreasonable notion" is from 1794.
Забобон - мн. "марновірство", укр. забобони, блр. забабони - те ж, польськ. zаbоbоn - те ж. Звідси Забобон "розгнузданий" (згідно словника Бернекер). До сербохорв. (стар.) бобоніті "шуміти", бобоњаті "базікати", яке, на його думку, є словом ономатопоетичного походження, як грец. βαβάζω "балакаю", нов.-в.-н. babbeln "базікати" і т. д. Пояснення від назви гір Бабуни між Приліпом і Велесом вельми сумнівно.
One ancient British superstition holds that if a child rides on a bear's back it will be protected from whooping-cough. (Bears used to roam Britain but now they are not seen on our shores)
Japan
Korea
Alaska
Jõelähtme, Estonia
Lindholm Hoje, Ålborg, Denmark
Peru
China
India; India tradtionally practises cremation
Bear walkers - are not often talked about because it bad medicine to speak about it.

Funeral customs - Go in one door and out another

Take care of the scared plants or the spirits will play tricks on you. There is certian ways of taking care of each plant. Be respectful.
British Superstitions
Ukrainian Superstitions
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