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Interestingly, there are as many facebook entries on my feed about Samhain as Halloween. And I think having a holiday set aside for remembering the dead is at least, if not more, useful from a societal point of view as dressing up and getting candy. It's also interesting that in America, we consider "dressing up" as a chance to put on a costume of anything, whether it's silly, sexy or macabre. Whereas the origin of the holiday, even in its non-pagan Halloween form, still involved dressing up as scary things to convince the spirits of the dead to take a pass.

But somehow that's turned into sexy cats and Jersey Shore characters and video game people. Which is okay - I loves me some Halloween pirate, it's just interesting to see the holiday evolve, even within the course of just my lifetime.

But ... we don't have a "remember the dead" day. Why not? Almost all of us have someone we love and miss who is forever gone. Wouldn't it be great to have a day set aside to get together with friends and family, tell stories of the dearly departed, and remember? I'd like to have that day.

Mostly because there are so many gone...it's too hard to face alone. Is the fact. Which really isn't as fun as sexy parking-cop-lady, is it?


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Oct. 31st, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
Having moved to Texas, I have discovered the joy of Dios de los Muertos... Dressing up *and* candy *and* remembering the dead! We have a super cool altar set up in the gallery at work, and tomorrow there are people coming to do a workshop to make sugar skulls :)
Oct. 31st, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Luckily, Clan Jew has two flavors of remember the dead things (and weekly services) plus one get-drunk-with-costumes holiday to keep us occupied.
I will gladly adopt a costumes-with-candy on top of that. Especially since it's a sewing opportunity.
3 Wolverines, 1 Hulk, 1 Iron Man, but alas, no Cap thus far tonight....
Nov. 1st, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
I think from a historian's perspective, as a culture, we've lost much of the urge to have an oral tradition. Part of the reason people gathered to remember the dead was to create an oral tradition of those who had gone before. It was a necessary device for maintaining a self of social/cultural identity, as well as a font of knowledge passed from one generation to the next. In this age of Wikipedia and Google, many people have no idea where they come from personally, much less others in their community.
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