It is almost October. That magical time of year when the weather cools off and the brilliant colors of autumn greet you everywhere. Pumpkin patches pop up and Halloween decorations are in every store. Many celebrations occur during this time of year; Halloween, Day of the Dead, Harvest Festivals, All Saints Day, etc. These celebrations have a long and colorful history. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is observed throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gathering family and friends to celebrate and remember people who have passed away. The official celebration takes place on October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd, in connection with Allhallowtide: All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowmas and All Souls’ Day. Many traditions have been passed down through the generations and include building private altars decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods of the departed. There is evidence that these types of celebrations date back hundreds of years including ancient Aztec festivals with the same themes. Many places in the world have similar celebrations that may include visiting cemeteries and celebrating those who have passed. A famous Hollywood cemetery celebrates every year with many decorations and nighttime movies. These festivals and celebrations may be considered by some to be dark and ominous since they deal with honoring the dead but there is also an element of joy in celebrating being alive.
Halloween, in the traditional sense, revolves around the theme of using humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick or treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack o’lanterns, bobbing for apples, visiting haunted houses, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Most of us have fond memories of trick or treating in our neighborhood, wearing an amazing costume and collecting a pillow case full of tasty treats! We here at Lifehearthome.com wish you a very happy Halloween and hope you take advantage of all the wonderful sights and sounds of this colorful season.