Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday, minus the trick-or-treating. I hate trick or treating, however, I love what the Halloween stands for:
It initiates the autumn triduum of All-hallow-tide, the time of year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within All-hallow-tide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death."Tomorrow is All Saint's Day.
"All Saints' Day is the centerpiece of the autumn triduum. In the carnival celebrations of All Hallows' Eve our ancestors used the most powerful weapon in the human arsenal, the power of humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. The following day, in the commemoration of All Saints, we gave witness to the victory of incarnate goodness embodied in remarkable deeds and doers triumphing over the misanthropy of darkness and devils. And in the commemoration of All Souls we proclaimed the hope of common mortality expressed in our aspirations and expectations of a shared eternity."Very cool. I like dead people. Much better than I like the living...